Hurricane Cesar picked up force in the Caribbean on Saturday, drenching Colombia and the Central American coast with heavy rains blamed for at least two deaths.
Both deaths were in Colombia, where rain triggered avalanches that killed two people and buried eight children as they slept in their parents' home. The children are listed as missing.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami posted hurricane warnings all the way from the Nicaraguan border with Costa Rica to midway up the Honduran coast.
Landfall was expected on Nicaragua's south-central coast by this morning.
Cesar packed sustained winds of 80.5 miles an hour with gusts up to almost 98 mph. The hurricane's center was located near 12.1 north latitude and 83.4 west longitude at 11 p.m. Saturday.
MUDSLIDES: Torrential downpours set off mudslides Saturday, burying 44 South Korean soldiers in their barracks. Twenty-one inches of rain have fallen since Friday, bringing flooding and mudslides that have killed at least 53 people. Eighteen people are missing.