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El Salvador. Tropical Storm Pilar. Another threat is gaining strength in the Pacific.

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Another potential danger has formed in the Pacific. Tropical Storm Pilar threatens residents of El Salvador. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that the storm would become more intense.

On Sunday, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced a state of emergency. The reason is storm tropical Pilar strengthening in the Pacific. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), it may bring extremely heavy downpours and floods within several hours.

Red alerts are in force in the country. The authorities decided to suspend classes in educational institutions.

Tropical Storm Pilar in a satellite imageNOAA/NESDIS/STAR GOES-East

“Near hurricane force”

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Forecasts say Pilar will be dangerously close to the coast of El Salvador on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. According to the NHC, the center of the storm will remain offshore. Currently, the wind reaches an average of 65 kilometers per hour, but it is possible that it will become stronger.

– The storm is forecast to strengthen in the near future; on Tuesday, Pilar’s strength may be close to that of a hurricane – the NHC said.

Meanwhile, the city of Acapulco is still struggling with the consequences of Hurricane Otis, which hit Mexico on Wednesday. The phenomenon quickly turned from a tropical storm into a hurricane of the fifth – highest – category. The latest tally shows 48 deaths and over 30 missing.

>>> Read more: Hurricane Otis. In Acapulco “virtually everything is in ruins”

Main photo source: NOAA/NESDIS/STAR GOES-East

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