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Matthew and Lisa downgraded


Tropical weather: Storm tracks
Tropical weather: Storm tracks

Jill Colton and Matt Casey, staff writers

September 26, 2010 — Matthew and Lisa have both become remnant lows.

Sheets of rain drench the ground in Tela, Honduras on Saturday.
Sheets of rain drench the ground in Tela, Honduras on Saturday.

MATTHEW

Tropical depression Matthew has weakened to a remnant low, but it continues to bring heavy rains to parts of Central America. The system was packing sustained winds of 35 km/h on Sunday and continuing to lose strength.

Forecasters say the storm is expected to hover over Mexico by late Sunday. The slow tracking of the storm could allow for up to 25 cm of rain to fall over parts of Guatemala and southern Mexico. The fresh rains, combined with the already inundated region, could trigger flash floods and mudslides in disaster-prone areas.

Mexico's National Water Commission was preparing for the downpour by widening and deepening channels below dams.

In Guatemala, authorities were urging people to stay off the roads as flooding continued to be a problem for the eastern and northern portions of the country. Guatemala is no stranger to extreme weather. In recent months, the heavy rains have resulted in over 270 deaths and about $1.1 billion in damages.

Officials in Belize have also evacuated people after flood waters rose in three towns that are bordering Guatemala.

On Friday, Matthew made landfall over Nicaragua's Caribbean coast resulting in the evacuation of 10,000 people amid fears of flooding and mudslides. The storm quickly crossed into Honduras, where it packed winds of up to 85 km/h.

According to officials in Honduras, many rivers reached high levels because of soil saturation. About 15,000 schools were turned into makeshift shelters and transportation was compromised. Additionally, thousands of people were bumped off the power grid when electrical poles were downed by the ferocious winds.

Severe damage from Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland
Severe damage from Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland

LISA

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lisa in the open Atlantic was downgraded to a remnant low on Sunday.

Last week, Lisa had flopped between a tropical depression and a tropical storm but it reached hurricane status and packed winds of 120 km/h.

HURRICANE SEASON AND ATLANTIC CANADA

It's an active hurricane season. Tropical storms have the potential to be felt in Atlantic Canada so it's important to always be prepared.

Hurricane Igor recently devastated much of Newfoundland. Now residents are trying to put the pieces back together as the clean-up is underway.

To stay updated on the current storm situation, head to our Tropical Storm Centre.

With files from The Associated Press, Lisa Varano and Andrea Stockton.

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