Sep 03, 2020

Tropical Storm Nana Likely to Become a Hurricane

Tropical Storm Nana is moving quickly toward Central America.

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Tropical Storm Nana is moving toward Central America and may strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall on Sep. 3 in Belize.

As of  5 p.m. ET Wednesday, Tropical Storm Nana was releasing sustained winds of 60 mph, with strong gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

"Nana is forecast to become a hurricane later today or tonight before it reaches the coast of Belize," said the National Hurricane Center.

Nana could bring a storm surge of 3-5 feet above normal tide levels when it makes landfall.

A hurricane warning was posted for the coast of Belize from Belize City southward to the Guatemala border, reported the NHC. A hurricane watch is in effect from Belize City north to the border with Mexico as well.

Nana will move near and north of Honduras' coast, which remains under a tropical storm watch. According to the NHC, the coast will likely be impacted by tropical storm winds, heavy rain and storm surge.

The last hurricane to make landfall in Belize was Hurricane Earl in 2016, according to Phil Klotzbach, research scientist at Colorado State University.

Tropical Storm Nana and Tropical Storm Omar are the earliest 14th and 15th named storms in the Atlantic basin, according to CNN

"The greatest threat to lives and property in Central America will be from torrential rain that can unleash flash flooding and mudslides," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Rob Miller. 

Nana has set a record for the earliest "N" storm in the Atlantic, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach. The previous record for the earliest "N" storm was Nate on Sept. 6, 2005.

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