Tropical Storm Lisa is forming in the Caribbean Sea, moving towards Central America
- A tropical storm has formed in the Caribbean.
- Lisa will head toward Central America, most likely Belize, as early as late Wednesday.
- Flooding rain, storm surges and high winds are threats.
Tropical Storm Lisa has formed in the Caribbean Sea and will push toward parts of Central America later this week, possibly as a hurricane.
Lisa became the 12th named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season late Monday morning based on reconnaissance data from aircraft that measured both surface winds and pressure.
A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of Belize and the Bay Islands of Honduras. The watch is usually issued 48 hours before the arrival of tropical storm winds.
A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the Bay Islands of Honduras, where tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Jamaica, where tropical storm conditions are possible on Monday. A tropical storm watch is also in effect for parts of Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.
Additional watches and warnings may be required, so interests along the Central American coast and the Yucatan Peninsula should continue to monitor Lisa’s progress.
Monitoring, intensity, impacts
Lisa is expected to continue its general westward track, passing near or north of the northern coast of Honduras later Tuesday into Wednesday. Lisa’s path may be adjusted a little further south in the forecast updates. If it does, its core of strongest winds and rain could scrape the northern coast of Honduras.
Lisa will then enter Belize on Wednesday night, then Guatemala on Thursday, before dissipating over far southeastern Mexico later on Thursday or Friday.
Lisa should begin to gain strength once the wind shear subsides, although she may still be able to swallow some dry air from time to time. The current forecast has Lisa as a Category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches Belize on Wednesday night.
Storm flooding and damaging winds are possible near the coast where Lisa makes landfall. For now, it looks most likely along the coast of Belize, although as mentioned earlier, some of those impacts are also possible along the northern coast of Honduras if the track moves a little further south.
Heavy rain threatens Lisa in Central America, including parts of Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and southeastern Mexico. This could cause dangerous flash floods and landslides in areas of hilly or mountainous terrain.
Check back with us for updates on this forecast in the coming days.
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