Hurricane Earl Nearing Belize Coast

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BELIZE CITY, Belize, Wednesday August 3, 2016 – Rain bands from a large Hurricane Earl are spreading over Belize as the storm nears the country’s coast.

The storm was upgraded to a hurricane this evening after a Hurricane Hunter found that maximum sustained winds had reached 75 miles per hour. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, while hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles.

At 10 p.m., Hurricane Earl was about 40 miles east of Belize City, moving towards the west near 15 miles per hour.

“A westward or slightly north of westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next 48
hours.  On the forecast track, the center of Earl will move inland over Belize within the next few hours, and move over the southern Yucatan peninsula of Mexico or northern Guatemala on Thursday,” the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said.

“Little change in strength is likely before landfall, and Earl will begin to weaken after it moves inland over Belize on Thursday.”

Hurricane conditions are expected in parts of Belize and Mexico tonight.

Earl is expected to produce total rainfall of 8 to 12 inches over portions of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico through tomorrow night. Isolated maximum amounts of 16 inches are possible in Belize and Mexico, and could result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, the NHC said.

A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, southward to the Belize/Guatemala border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for north of Puerto Costa Maya to Punta Allen, Mexico.

Hurricane Earl is the fifth storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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