Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2020. 7:28 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports that Tropical Storm Nana is likely to become a hurricane by tonight.
As of this morning, the center of Tropical Storm Nana was located near latitude 17.1 North and longitude 83.7 West.
Nana is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h), and this general motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected today. A westward or west-southwestward motion is expected tonight and Thursday.
On the forecast track, Nana will be moving near but north of the coast of Honduras today and likely be approaching the coast of Belize tonight and early Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.
Additional strengthening is forecasted and Nana is expected to become a hurricane later today or tonight before it reaches the coast of Belize.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.
NEMO has issued a hurricane warning for Belize.
Tropical Storm conditions are expected within the warning area in Belize by tonight, with hurricane conditions likely over a portion of the area tonight and early Thursday.
Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in Mexico and Guatemala by tonight. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in Honduras today.
A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast near and to the north of where the center makes landfall.
Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Nana is expected to produce the following rainfall accumulations through Thursday night: 3 to 6 inches, isolated 8 inches near the northern Honduras coast, southern and central Belize, northern Guatemala, and the northern portion of the Mexican state of Chiapas and 2 to 4 inches in the southeast portion of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
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