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Hurricane Lisa makes landfall in Belize, weakens in TS

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MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Lisa weakened into a tropical storm after making landfall near Belize City in the Central American nation of Belize, and moved inland.

The US National Hurricane Center said Lisa had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h) Wednesday night. The storm’s center was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of Belize City and was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph).

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

“Everyone at home or in shelters should stay put until the state of emergency is lifted,” the national emergency management organization said in a statement. “We have not been able to send teams to assess the damage or register the dangerous areas. Please stay where you are and please be patient.

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

“All guests who are in beachfront units have been relocated” to rooms with less exposure, and beach furniture has been secured, Gomez said. “Everyone is just waiting for it to pass too.”

Lisa was expected to weaken as she crossed Belize into northern Guatemala and then headed southeastern Mexico by Thursday.

The hurricane center warned of the danger of flooding and mudslides from heavy rains. He said the storm could drop 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of rain over Belize, the Bay Islands, northern Guatemala, the eastern part of the Mexican state of Chiapas and the state Tabasco Mexican.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the island of Roatan and the other islands in the Bay of Honduras as well as for the northern coast of Belize and the southern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Chetumal to Puerto Costa Maya.

Lisa could re-emerge in the Gulf of Mexico, but as a tropical depression.

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