Belize braces for Hurricane Nana, Now a Category 1

by Caribbean Lifestyle Editorial Team

At a Glance

  • Nana becomes the season’s 5th Hurricane, with sustained wind speeds of 75 mph
  • Belize is currently under a Hurricane Warning, with landfall by morning
  • A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Belize, from Belize City southward to the Belize-Guatemala border
  • A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the coast of Belize north of Belize City to the Belize-Mexico border
  • Nana could bring heavy rainfall with isolated maximum amounts as high as 8 to 12 inches in Belize

Nana becomes the season’s 5th Hurricane, projected path for Belize

Nana grew into a Category 1 hurricane with top winds of 75 mph just hours before expected landfall in Belize, the National Hurricane Center said. As of 11 p.m. E.T. ., Nana was about 60 miles southeast of Belize City, moving west at 16 mph. A Category 1 hurricane forms when sustained winds are in the range of 74 to 95 mph. The center of the small hurricane had passed north of the Bay Islands of Honduras. The forecast track said the center of Nana should make landfall on the coast of Belize overnight.

Belize issued a Hurricane Warning at 9:00 am local time. Photo by Dioni Marin Photography

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles. It will likely approach the coast of Belize on Wednesday night and early Thursday, according to the NHC’s public advisory.

Source: NOAA

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