Lisa reverts to tropical storm after making landfall in Belize

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

Lisa had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour on Wednesday night, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). The center of the storm was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of Belize City and was moving west at 12 miles (19 kilometers) per hour.

The meteor made landfall between the coastal town of Dangriga and Belize City, according to the Belize National Emergency Management Organization.

“Everyone at home or in shelters should stay there 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 do damage assessments or to take records of any dangerous areas. Please stay where you are and please be patient.”

The storm was expected to cross Belize to reach northern Guatemala and then move into southeastern Mexico by Thursday.

The NHC warned of the possibility of torrential downpours, flooding and landslides. He said the storm could dump 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of rain over Belize, the Bay Islands, northern Guatemala and the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco.

Hurricane warnings were issued for the island of Roatán and other islands of Honduras, northern Belize and the southern Mexican peninsula of Yucatán, from Chetumal to Puerto Costa Maya.

Lisa could resurface in the Gulf of Mexico, but as a tropical depression.

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