Earl is forecast to make landfall in Belize tonight
Tropical storm Earl was “almost a hurricane,” the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported at 8:00am EDT, triggering a hurricane warning for Puerto Costa Maya, Quintana Roo, south to the Belize/Guatemala border.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for the area between Puerto Costa Maya and Punta Allen.
Earl was reported to be 195 kilometers east of Isla Roatán, Honduras, and moving westward at 22 kilometers an hour, with landfall expected tonight in Belize. The storm was generating maximum sustained winds of 110 km/h and was expected to become a hurricane later today.
Hurricane-force winds are forecast for parts of the hurricane warning area by tonight or early tomorrow, said the NHC.
Heavy rainfall is forecast for parts of the Yucatán peninsula through tomorrow night, with very heavy rain in Tabasco and Veracruz between tomorrow night and Saturday morning.
A storm surge is predicted for the eastern Yucatán peninsula near and to the north of where the storm makes landfall.
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