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Tropical Storm Lisa: Hurricane warnings as high winds head for Belize

Tropical Storm Lisa could become a hurricane when it makes landfall in Central America.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Lisa had maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h and was moving west at 24 km/h.

The center of the storm was located about 280 kilometers east of the Honduran island of Roatan.

Lisa was expected to develop into a hurricane early Wednesday as it crosses or approaches the Bay Islands and approaches Belize later in the day.

Residents of Belize’s coast have prepared their homes.

Windows are secured with wooden planks and sandbags are placed around the buildings to protect them from possible flooding.

“A phenomenon like this is very dangerous for us, everything floods quickly with a little rain,” said Belize City resident Jazmín Ayusola. “Imagine a hurricane, winds and so on with a lot of rain, that’s the fear of a lot of people and sometimes there are some who don’t have well-insured houses so people also fear floods or other disasters.”

The NHC predicts that the Belize coast could see water surges of up to 1.22-1.23 meters and added that a smaller storm surge was possible along the southeast Yucatan.

They warned residents to stay indoors and stock up on goods as only pharmacies and gas stations would remain open.

Other Central American countries are also preparing for Lisa, although experts hope she will weaken by the time she reaches Guatemala and southern Mexico.

euronews Gt

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