San José — Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Central America with torrential rains that forced thousands from their homes, uprooted trees, knocked out bridges and turned roads into rivers, officials said Thursday. Forecasters predicted it will strengthen into a hurricane headed for Mexico and the United States. The country hardest hit by the storm that began Wednesday was Nicaragua, with 11 dead and seven missing, Vice-President Rosario Murillo told state media. Officials in Costa Rica said eight people had died including a three-year-old girl and two young Nicaraguan farm workers, after they were hit by falling trees and mudslides. At least 17 people were missing. Costa Rica declared a national emergency as it struggled with mudslides, washed out roads and overflowing rivers. Schools, universities, government offices and banks across the Central American nation were closed. Three other people were killed in Honduras. Nicaragua’s Murillo said 800 people had been e...

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