Hurricane “Nana” makes landfall in Belize


Hurricane "Nana" made landfall in a relatively sparsely populated area of Belize, between Dangriga and Placencia at 06:00 UTC on September 3, 2020, with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (75 mph). Nana is the 5th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the first hurricane to make landfall in Belize since Earl in 2016. 

Belize authorities evacuated more than 4 000 people ahead of landfall which took place between Dangriga and Placencia some 80 km (50 miles) south of Belize City.

Thousands of people reportedly stocked up on food, water, and construction materials on Wednesday. Media reported long lines in supermarkets and nearly empty shelves in hardware stores after residents bought materials to board up windows and doors.

Officials did not immediately report any injuries.

By 12:00 UTC, Nana's center reached northern Guatemala.

At the time, the system had maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h (60 mph) and was moving WSW at 24 km/h (15 mph).

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The government of Belize has discontinued all coastal watches and warnings while Mexico discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for the coast of Mexico.

On the forecast track, Nana will continue moving inland over Guatemala and extreme southeastern Mexico today and tonight while rapidly weakening.

As of 12:00 UTC, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Caribbean Sea coast of Guatemala, Isla Roatan and the Bay Islands of Honduras. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the northern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca westward to the Guatemala border.

Heavy rainfall with isolated maximum amounts as high as 305 mm (12 inches) could result in flash flooding in Belize, Guatemala, and portions of southeastern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Featured image: Hurricane "Nana" at 06:00 UTC on September 3, 2020. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16, RAMMB/CIRA


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