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Hurricane Lisa makes landfall in Belize, weakens to TS

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Lisa has weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall near Belize City in the Central American nation of Belize and headed inland.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported maximum winds of 60 mph (95 kph) in League by Wednesday evening. The center of the storm was located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of Belize City and was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph).

Belize’s National Emergency Management Agency said the storm made landfall between the beach town of Dangriga and Belize City.

“Everyone at home or in shelters should remain in place until the state of emergency is lifted,” the national emergency organization said in a statement. “We have not been able to send teams to assess the damage or record the danger zones. Please stay put and be patient.”

Einer Gomez, assistant manager of Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize, said a light rain started and there was a storm surge.

“All guests staying in the beach units have been moved” to less exposed rooms and beach furniture has been secured, Gomez said. “Everyone is just waiting for this to pass as well.”

Lisa was forecast to weaken as it crossed Belize in northern Guatemala before moving into southeastern Mexico by Thursday.

The hurricane center warned of the risk of flooding and mudslides as a result of the heavy rains. It said the storm could drop 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of rain in Belize, the Bay Islands, northern Guatemala, eastern Mexico’s Chiapas state and Mexico’s Tabasco state.

A hurricane warning was issued for the island of Roatan and other islands in the Bay of Honduras, as well as for the northern coast of Belize and the southern coast of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula from Chetumal to Puerto Costa Maya.

Lisa may re-enter the Gulf of Mexico, but as a tropical depression.


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