Belize Faces Category 1 Strengthened Hurricane Earl

Early this morning, rainfall of the now Category 1 Hurricane Earl reached just south of Belize City. In addition to the higher gusts and heavy rains, Hurricane Earl brought with it near 80 mile-per-hour winds. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) says that as it continues to move across central and northern Belize, it is losing some of its juice. They say that it is likely to reduce to a tropical depression by tomorrow.

Upon reaching the shore of Belize, Earl had maximum sustained winds that reached 80 miles per hour. However, by 4 a.m. this morning, this had decreased to near 75 miles per hour. An announcement by the NHC forecasting additional weakening was released as its centre moves farther inland. However, Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, southward to the Belize/Guatemala border, is still placed under a hurricane warning.

Several facilities including The Philip Goldson International Airport were closed in Belize. In addition to the forecast that shared it might reduce to a tropical depression by tomorrow morning, it was also said that it might weaken to a tropical storm by later today. Forecasters say that Earl will move across northern Guatemala and the southern Yucatan Peninsula later today after leaving Belize. By tomorrow it will be near or over the southern Bay of Campeche.

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