BELIZE CITY, Belize, Thursday August 4, 2016 – Less than 24 hours after becoming a hurricane, Earl has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves farther inland Belize.
And the government has discontinued the hurricane warning that had been in effect, replacing it with a tropical storm warning.
Tropical storm conditions are still affecting the coast of Belize, but should gradually subside. These conditions should spread over northern Guatemala this morning, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said.
The NHC said a storm surge along the immediate coast of Belize should also continue to subside today.
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Earl’s maximum sustained winds have dipped to 65 miles per hour from the 80 miles per hour when it made landfall in Belize early this morning, and additional weakening is expected as the centre moves farther inland. It is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression by tonight or tomorrow morning.
At 7 a.m., Earl was about 90 miles west of Belize City.
“Earl is moving toward the west near 15 mph. A turn toward the west-northwest and a decrease in forward speed are expected later today. On the forecast track, Earl is expected to move across northern Guatemala and southeastern Mexico today, and be near or over the southern Bay of Campeche Friday night,” the NHC said in its 7 a.m. bulletin.