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Tropical Storm Lisa nearing hurricane strength, making landfall Wednesday afternoon

A hurricane named Lisa is brewing in the western Caribbean and is likely to make landfall Wednesday afternoon. Tropical Storm Lisa has not yet been upgraded to a hurricane, but its sustained winds have whipped up to 70 miles per hour, just short of a Category 1 hurricane.

Lisa could become a hurricane before dawn, meaning it has become a Category 1 storm by 2 a.m. or 5 a.m. advisory reports, according to the National Hurricane Center. A storm becomes a hurricane once it reaches wind speeds of 74 mph.

Lisa is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday morning and then impact Belize’s Caribbean coast Wednesday night.

Tropical Storm Lisa
Tourists visit the boardwalk in Belize City ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Lisa November 1, 2022. North Central America is on alert on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Lisa advances through the Caribbean Sea, which threatens to become a hurricane in the next few hours, with northern Honduras en route to Belize.
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Not only is there the usual threat of strong winds and heavy rains along the Central American coasts, there is also a strong expectation of a major storm surge from the Caribbean.

“There is a possibility of a life-threatening storm surge where Lisa crosses the coast of Belize and the extreme southern parts of the Yucatan Peninsula beginning Wednesday afternoon,” the NHC said on its website. “Hurricane conditions are expected in the Bay Islands of Honduras early Wednesday.”

After landing in Belize, Lisa is expected to dump rain in Guatemala and southern Mexico before turning north into the Gulf of Mexico, where there is no safe route as of Tuesday night.

The National Hurricane Center reclassified another storm as a tropical cyclone in November. Tropical Storm Martin was named Tuesday morning. As of Tuesday evening, Martin had sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. It has a particular November path that heads north into the Atlantic Ocean, where it is expected to get stronger as it turns north and east towards Greenland. There is no forecast as to whether Martin will make landfall as a tropical storm or hurricane, or gush out to sea.

Although tropical systems have experienced a rather dormant season in the Atlantic season, this storm follows Hurricanes Ian and Julia last month. Ian destroyed Florida as a high-level Category 4 storm on September 28. It leveled many buildings on the offshore islands from Naples to Sarasota, with winds exceeding 150 miles per hour in some places.

Ian left more than 100 dead, hundreds injured and hundreds of thousands displaced, and was without electricity or running water for at least a week.

Ian crossed Florida northeast, wreaking havoc in Orlando and as far away as Jacksonville. Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm but regained Category 1 strength before making landfall again in South Carolina.

Julia has followed a similar path as Ian. Both storms started in the Atlantic, about 10-12 degrees north of the equator. Ian turned north as soon as it entered the Caribbean, but Julia stayed on a westward path. Julia made landfall in Nicaragua on October 8 as a Category 1 storm.

https://www.newsweek.com/tropical-storm-lisa-nears-hurricane-strength-landfall-wednesday-afternoon-1756205 Tropical Storm Lisa nearing hurricane strength, making landfall Wednesday afternoon

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