Matthew weakens, but dumps heavy rain
Tropical Depression Matthew weakened sharply over Central America yesterday and spared Guatemala from major damage, but heavy rain still threatened already waterlogged sugar and coffee farms.
Guatemalans in the eastern jungle region waded through flooded streets carrying children and belongings on their shoulders, and rescue workers worked to open roads blocked by small mudslides, but the storm’s impact appeared to be light.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds decreased to near 25 mph yesterday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. But it warned of continued heavy rains.