Earl becomes a hurricane and is expected to make landfall in Belize
It is the first cyclone formed in the Western Caribbean since 2012. It is expected to strengthen as it continues moving eastward before it reaches the Mexican coast at the southern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula with winds amounting to 75 miles per hour.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) based in Miami, Florida, said in its latest report that Earl became a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 75 miles per hour. It is expected to make landfall in the next few hours on the southern coast of Belize.
The phenomenon also impact parts of Central America and Mexico with heavy rain and wind gusts at the end of the day. Mexico and Honduras issued tropical storm warnings for some areas.
“It is expected that the center of Earl pass just north of the Bay Islands of Honduras on Wednesday afternoon and then approach the coast of Belize in the early hours of Thursday,” the hurricane center said.
Earl became a tropical storm on Tuesday the Caribbean sea near the island of Jamaica.
The phenomenon is 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the Honduran island of Roatan and 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Belize City, which area of prevention established by hurricane winds from Puerto Costa Maya, Quintana Roo ( in Mexico) to the border with Belize and Guatemala.
It has also been noted as prevention area by winds a strip stretching from Puerto Costa Maya to Punta Allen, both in Quintana Roo, according to the Mexican weather service .
Because cloud detachments intervals associated with the system will generate very heavy rains with occasional heavy storms in Chiapas and Quintana Roo; and rainy intervals with strong individual storms in Tabasco, Campeche and Yucatan.
“Hurricane conditions could begin to be felt in Mexico and Belize in the prompt area on Wednesday night or early Thursday,” said a statement from the National Weather Service Mexico.
Belize, Honduras and Guatemala, as well as low in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo areas could experience flooding and erosion along its shores.
“The rains could cause flooding and landslides and endanger the lives of people,” the hurricane center said.
Rain and strong winds of this weather system hit the Dominican Republic Sunday to Monday. At least six people died electrocuted by falling high – voltage cable on a bus in the town of Nagua, according to a report by the Associated Press news agency.
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