Hurricane Ida made landfall Thursday morning as a Category 1 storm over eastern Nicaragua, pelting the region with heavy rain and winds of 75 mph.
The National Hurricane Center reported flash floods and mudslides. Rainfall totals could approach 30 inches in some locations.
The storm is expected to weaken over Nicaragua and Honduras, emerge in western Caribbean waters this weekend and brush past Cancun on Monday.
Forecasts after that offer several possibilities, depending upon Ida’s direction and intensity. NHC meteorologists said it is too early to pinpoint a specific location.
Ida is the third Atlantic hurricane of the season, following Bill in August and Fred in September. Bill brushed Bermuda and Nova Scotia, and Fred went nowhere.
Joaquin and Kate are the next two names on the list. The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30.