A tropical storm which killed 22 people in Central America is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane that could affect the U.S. Gulf Coast later this weekend.
The storm has killed at least 22 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras, where the storm has caused widespread flash flooding and mudslides, officials said.
In Costa Rica, nearly 400,000 people are without running water and thousands are sleeping in shelters.
There are also concerns crocodiles may be lurking around the overflowing Tárcoles river, and could appear in places where they are not normally expected.
“Please do not kill crocodiles,” said officials, according to news site CRHoy.com. The advice was to avoid standing in overflowing water, to protect children and pets, and to call the emergency services if one was spotted.
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