Saturday 5 December, 2020

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Nana maintains strength

Belize, Guatemala and Honduras will experience the effects of Tropical Storm Nana tonight.

At 2 pm EDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Nana was located over the central Caribbean Sea about 110 miles (175 km) east-northeast of Isla Roatán, Honduras, and about 215 miles (345 km) east of Belize City.

The US National Hurricane Centre said Nana is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h) and this general motion, with some decrease in forward speed, is expected today.  A westward or west-south-westward motion is expected tonight and Thursday. 

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On the forecast track, Nana will be moving near but north of the coast of Honduras later today, and the centre should make landfall on the coast of Belize tonight or early Thursday.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the centre.

Strengthening is expected, and Nana is forecast to become a hurricane tonight before it reaches the coast of Belize.

Weakening is expected after landfall.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Belize.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the northern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca westward to the Guatemala border, Isla Roatán and the Bay Islands of Honduras.

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