Earl Hits Belize As Category 1 Hurricane

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BELIZE CITY, Belize, Thursday August 4, 2016 – A Category 1 Hurricane Earl made landfall just south of Belize City in the wee hours of this morning, bringing with it near 80 mile-per-hour winds with higher gusts and heavy rains.

But as it continues to move across central and northern Belize, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said, it is losing some of its punch and it could be no more than a tropical depression by tomorrow.

By the time Earl reached Belize, its maximum sustained winds had reached 80 miles per hour.

But by 4 a.m., that had decreased to near 75 miles per hour, with the NHC forecasting additional weakening as its centre moves farther inland.

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

The Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize is among the facilities closed in Belize.

Earl is actually forecast to weaken to a tropical storm later this morning and to a tropical depression by tomorrow morning.

Forecasters say after leaving Belize, Earl will move across northern Guatemala and the southern Yucatan Peninsula later today, and be near or over the southern Bay of Campeche tomorrow night.

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