Tropical Storm Nana is moving rapidly toward Central America and has quite recently sufficient opportunity to fortify into a hurricane before making landfall early Thursday in Belize.
Nana, starting at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, was releasing sustained winds of 60 mph, with stronger gusts.
“Nana is forecast to become a hurricane later today or tonight before it reaches the coast of Belize,” the National Hurricane Center said.
It could bring a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet better than average tide levels when it makes landfall.
A hurricane cautioning has been posted for the coast of Belize from Belize City toward the south to the Guatemala border, the NHC said. A hurricane watch is as a result from Belize City north to the border with Mexico.
Nana will move close, however north of Honduras’ coast. The nation’s northern coast, from Punta Patuca toward the west to the Guatemala border, stays under a tropical storm watch. The coast is probably going to be battered by hurricane power twists, weighty downpour and tempest flood for the duration of the day.
The latest hurricane to make landfall in Belize was Earl in 2016, tweeted Phil Klotzbach, an exploration researcher at Colorado State University.
This record-breaking hurricane season keeps on producing storms. Nana and Tropical Storm Omar are the earliest 14th and 15th named storms in the Atlantic basin, respectively, each breaking a record from the 2005 season.
The past record for the soonest “N” storm was Nate on September 6, 2005. The old record for the most punctual named “O” storm was Ophelia, named a day later.
Omar on Wednesday was out over open water in the Atlantic and moving away from the US. It is relied upon to debilitate for the duration of the day on Thursday.
Interim over the Atlantic, the hurricane center is watching two regions of conceivable development this week.
On the off chance that either gets tropical and increases enough strength to procure a name, it would be the soonest sixteenth named storm. The past record is held by Philippe, which formed on September 17, 2005.
Overall, the Atlantic just observes 11 named storms all through a hurricane season. The 2020 peak is still over seven days away.