MANAGUA, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Three people were killed, 10 others are missing and more than 25,000 have been made homeless by tropical storm Alma, which pummeled Nicaragua with heavy rains Thursday, the Nicaraguan Civil Defense agency said Friday.
The tropical storm, ranked category one on the Saffir-Simpson scale, is the first cyclone of the Americas' hurricane season. It slammed into Nicaragua's Pacific coast with winds toppling trees and ripping roofs from flimsy homes.
Civil Defense on Friday called on Nicaraguans to donate blankets, food, water, mattresses and medicines to the victims.
Nicaraguan government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said Thursday that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega would soon broadcast a message to the nation.
Alma was located about 85 km west-northwest of Nicaragua's capital Managua and moving north at nearly 15 kph, with up to 38 cm of rain expected.
The eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15.