Central America dealing with devastating rains from Felix

Hurricane Felix slammed ashore in Nicaragua on Tuesday morning as a Category 5 storm but quickly weakened as it moved across the mountainous terrain of Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala.

The National Hurricane Center warned of major flooding and mudslides from the storm, which was expected to dump up to 15 inches of rain across the area.

Tourists had been evacuated Monday from the Bay Islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja off Honduras' coast.

In 1996, Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America and triggered landslides that swallowed entire villages in its wake.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific region, Hurricane Henriette was expected to make landfall along Mexico's Baja Peninsula late Tuesday as a Category 1 storm.

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