Central American countries are on high alert as potentially the most dangerous storm in ten years lashed into the region. In Nicaragua and several other countries people have taken refuge in designated storm shelters. The hurricane first hit land in northeastern Nicaragua. Much of the population in this part of the country has either gone into shelters or has been evacuated.
Authorities have been anxiously watching the storm as it swept across the Atlantic gathering strength along the way. It has dropped from a Category 5 hurricane to a Category three since hitting land. But there are still fears of sea surges and landslides caused by the torrential rain. Nicaragua and Honduras are expecting to bear the brunt, but Belize, Guatamala and Mexico are also bracing for the extreme conditions.
Felix is the second extremely powerful storm in the region in recent weeks and has revived memories of Hurricane Mitch, which killed around 10,000 people across Central America in 1998.