Tropical Storm Earl Forms in Caribbean Sea – Updated
Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the Caribbean Sea just south of Cuba and is forecast to move west over the next couple of days.
NOAA’s National Hurricane Center said that Earl is moving toward the west near 22 mph (35 kph), with maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 kph) with higher gusts. The minimum central pressure estimated from an Air Force plane was 1,001 millibars.
As a result, the government of Honduras has issued a tropical storm warning for the entire north coast of Honduras from Cabo Gracias a Dios westward to the Honduras-Guatemala border including the Bay Islands.
Earl is the fifth tropical storm of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season.
Update – August 3, 2016 – 3:20pm EST
Hurricane Earl made landfall in Belize with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (129 kph). The Category 1 storm continues to pound the area with strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge.
The storm is forecast to move over the southern Yucatan Peninsula or northern Guatemala, but the storm is expected to diminish in strength as it moves over land, deprived of the moisture source of the Caribbean.