Hurricane Lisa heads toward Belize coast in Central America

Mexico,SANA- Hurricane Lisa strengthened Wednesday in the western Caribbean as it headed for a landfall in Belize later in the day.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Lisa had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) by early afternoon. The storm’s center was about 35 miles (60 kilometers) east-southeast of Belize City and moving west at 14 mph.

Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization said the storm was expected to come ashore near Belize City, the country’s capital, but warned that “residents across the country are reminded to be prepared.”

Einer Gomez, the assistant manager at Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, just off the coast of Belize, said a light rain had started to fall and there was some storm surge, but no high winds yet.

“All the guests that are in the beachfront units have been relocated” to less exposed rooms, and beach furniture had been secured, Gomez said. “Everyone is just waiting for it too pass,” he said.

MHD Ibrahim

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