Tropical Storm Beta heads for Nicaragua

Tropical Storm Beta is moving towards Nicaragua and is expected to hit the country during the morning of Sunday, 30 October.

WFP staff in the region are on high alert and have pre-positioned 250 metric tons of high energy biscuits in case local populations should need food aid in the wake of the storm.

They will continue to monitor the situation closely as Tropical Storm Beta approaches Nicaragua's Caribbean coast.

The following information was posted on WFP's Emergency Preparedness Web on 27 October:

  • Tropical Storm Beta which has recently formed in the south-western Caribbean sea is located about 100 miles south of San Andres Island.
  • Beta is moving northwest and is forecast to strike Nicaragua as a category 1 hurricane within 45 hours.
  • A tropical storm warning is in effect for the entire Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and adjacent islands.
  • Very heavy rainfall is expected in portions of Central America.
  • Meanwhile, the government of Colombia has issued a hurricane watch in addition to the tropical storm warning already in effect for the islands of San Andres and Providencia.