Hurricane Julia has been upgraded from a tropical storm and is now headed for Nicaragua.

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The National Hurricane Center said in its 8 p.m. update that the storm was located about 20 miles west of Colombia's San Andres island.

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Hurricane Julia was a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph, about 125 miles from Nicaragua, moving west at 17 mph.

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Hurricane warnings are still active for Colombia's San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina islands, as well as Nicaragua from Bluefields to Puerto Cabezas.

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Julia is projected to grow in strength before making landfall in Nicaragua overnight on Saturday and then weakening back into a tropical storm as it crosses the country on Sunday.

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The storm is forecast to move near or along the Pacific coasts of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala through Monday and dissipate by Monday night.

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 Hurricane Julia which formed in the Caribbean, may extend farther than just Central America, perhaps reaching into the Pacific or the Gulf of Mexico.

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