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2 dead in El Salvador as Tropical Storm Pilar batters Central America

Tropical Storm Pilar lashed Central America on Tuesday with heavy rains that have been blamed for two deaths in El Salvador as the storm meanders off the Pacific coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Tuesday that Pilar was located about 175 miles south-southwest of San Salvador with winds of 50 mph and was moving east-northeast at 3 mph.

The storm was expected to maintain that general track Tuesday, stall for a day or more just off the coast and then abruptly turn around and head back out to sea Thursday without making landfall, the center said.

Farther up the Pacific coast Mexican authorities continued recovery efforts after Category 5 Hurricane Otis slammed into Acapulco last week killing at least 46 and leaving dozens missing.

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