- Tropical Storm Nana formed Tuesday in the Caribbean Sea.
- A tropical storm watch has been issued in parts of Central America, including Advisory #3 in Belize.
- Nana may become a hurricane in the western Caribbean Sea before landfall.
- Nana could bring flooding rain to parts of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and eastern Mexico.
As the earliest 14th named storm on record, beating Nate which formed on Sept. 6 in 2005, Nana is quickly forming in the Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Nana is forecast to become a hurricane before moving ashore in Central America with a threat of damaging winds and flooding rain. Nana was upgraded to a tropical storm Tuesday morning, based on observations from a U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter mission, finding a tight, small low-level center of circulation.
Belize On Alert: Tropical Storm Watch
A tropical storm watch has been issued in Belize and northern Honduras, including Roatan Island and the Bay Islands. This means tropical storm-force winds are possible in these areas, in this case, beginning late Wednesday. Nana will track quickly westward toward the coast of Belize or Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula by early Thursday. It is then expected to push inland over Guatemala and eastern Mexico. Since Nana is a small tropical cyclone and is forecast to track over warm water in an environment of low wind shear, the storm is expected to intensify up until landfall, with a Category 1 hurricane landfall increasingly possible.
For the latest information on storm activity in Belize, as well as information on how to prepare for hurricane season, visit NOAA.
Belize’s borders remain closed for travel, although weekly repatriation flights arrive via the Philip Goldson International Airport. However, leisurely international travel to Belize is projected to resume on October 1 with the reopening of the airport as Phase 3 of its Travel Reopening Plan. Tropical Storm Nana is currently moving west at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Continued strengthening is expected; Belize is closely monitoring this development.
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