Last update: July 7th, 2020 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a map of rainfall accumulation in Central America from May 27 to June 5, 2020.
Tropical Storm Cristobal lingered over the Yucatán Peninsula for several days, dumping enormous amounts of rainfall.
The storm first developed in the Pacific as Tropical Storm Amanda, which made landfall in Guatemala and caused devastation in El Salvador.
The storm weakened as it crossed Central America, and then began to strengthen as it reached the Atlantic Ocean where it was named Cristobal.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the storm dumped up to 25 inches of rain in parts of Mexico, and as much as 35 inches of rain in parts of Guatemala and El Salvador.
Flash flooding and landslides killed 17 people and swamped hundreds of homes in El Salvador.
Tropical Storm Cristobal is now headed toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, where coastal states from Louisiana to Florida are preparing for dangerous storm surges, heavy rainfall, and flooding.
Image Credit: NASA