A hurricane in Argentina has dumped as much as 10 inches of rain in just a few hours, and it’s already caused major damage to the country’s infrastructure.
The rainstorm has killed at least nine people, damaged at least 14 homes and forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate.
The National Weather Service in the capital, Buenos Aires, said the storm hit just outside the capital city of Santiago, at about 2 p.m. local time (0400 GMT) on Friday.
The storm brought heavy rain and winds of up to 50 mph (8 kph) and dumped up to 10 inches (22 centimeters) of rain on Santiago, a city of some 15 million people.
Santiago has been without power since the storm.
President Mauricio Macri announced Friday that the storm, dubbed Centro Meteorologico Usa, caused at least one death and several other injuries.
He said more than 30 people were killed in Santiago by Thursday night and at least 10 were injured.
The heavy rain triggered landslides and power outages, he said.
A total of 30 people have been killed in the storm since Wednesday, when it was downgraded to a tropical storm, the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Macri said the death toll would rise as the storm moves north and then into Argentina.
The Argentine Meteorological Service said the heaviest rain fell in Santiago, where the city’s main airport was badly damaged by flooding.
The city’s mayor, Carlos Moya, said he and his staff had been trying to evacuate their homes.
The mayor of Santiago had also said his city had lost about 50 percent of its population.
The president’s office has said the city was about one-third of the city.
President Macri and other government officials had earlier said the severe weather was caused by a combination of El Nino and a global warming event.
El Nino is the warming of the Pacific Ocean from the Northern Hemisphere’s south, causing warmer water to rise in the ocean.
The International Meteorological Organization says El Nio has been associated with storms in the Pacific in recent years, and that warming will continue.