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Matthew Drenches Central America


Tropical Storm Matthew is dumping torrential rains over Central America, after killing seven people in Venezuela.

U.S. forecasters say Matthew lashed the northern coast of Honduras Saturday morning. It is expected to cross Belize and Guatemala Sunday and Monday.

Thousands of people have been evacuated in some parts of the region, where officials fear the storm will cause severe flooding and mudslides. It is expected to produce up to 25 centimeters of rain across the region and even more in isolated areas.

Matthew's winds diminished to 65 kilometers per hour Saturday, and the storm was expected to continue to weaken.

On Friday, Matthew drenched parts of Venezuela, sparking flood waters that swept over a slum in Caracas, killing seven people.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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