The departments of Yoro, Colón, and Atlántida have been hit the hardest over the last few days, with reports of almost 60mm of rain falling over a 24 hour period in some areas of Colón.
Approximately 300 people had to be evacuated after floods damaged as many as 100 houses. Roads and transport has also been badly affected in Colón and Atlántida.
One of the victims, a man aged 42, was swept away by flood waters of the overflowing San Jose River in the deparment of Yoro. The La Ceiba and Roatan airports were closed for a time as a result of the stormy weather and poor visibility.
Reports from Utila, one of the Bay Islands of Honduras, outlined several areas have experienced flooding, and Chepe’s beach was underwater for a time. The Blue Bayou region has been cut off from the rest of the island.
The heavy rain and storms have also affected the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, although only minor damage has been reported with no casualties or evacuations.
Flood warnings were issued for departments of Yoro, Colón, Atlántida and the Bay Islands, but have since been downgraded to “green”. The heavy rainfall was part of a cold front in the region, which is expected to stay for a few more days, making further heavy rainfall a possibility.
Honduras Flooding Prediction
The flooding in Honduras was analyzed by NOAA on November 28th, and outlines expectations through December 11, 2013: “Torrential rainfall accumulations (>200mm) were received across the Atlántida, Colon, and Gracias A Dios departments of northern Honduras, with some local areas receiving over 300mm during the last seven days. Although northern Honduras is climatologically wetter compared to other regions in Central America, both the frequency and magnitude of rainfall during the past week was anomalous, and is likely to lead to an over saturation of ground conditions…” http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/central_america/central_america_hazard.pdf
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