Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hurricane Warning Zone Extended

Richard is sustaining winds of 65 MPH so it's not quite a hurricane yet.  Movement continues west at 8 MPH.

Hurricane warning zone has been extended to include the north coast of Honduras, the Caribbean coast of Guatemala, and the entire coastline of Belize.

Possible Hurricane Richard, Update

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During the past five hours, Tropical Storm Richard suddenly "woke up".  Winds are now reaching 65 MPH, and movement has accelerated to 8 MPH, still moving west.

Latest forecast shows Richard reaching hurricane strength as it passes over the Bay Islands and making landfall a bit south of Belize City.  Hurricane warnings are now in effect along the north coast of Honduras to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.

Tropical Storm Richard

Tropical Storm Richard began moving slowly west yesterday (Friday) afternoon and this morning the storm center is located at the northeastern tip of Honduras.  The previous track predictions had the storm moving out into the Gulf of Honduras, strengthening to a hurricane and making landfall north of Belize City.  The new track forecast has moved somewhat south, where the storm would skirt along the northern coast of Honduras and make landfall south of Belize City.  Such a track keeps half of the storm over land so Richard would not strengthen to a hurricane but would pass much closer to us here in Izabal.  If the storm follows the track in the diagram below there would be no significant wind here in Rio Dulce but we would likely receive a lot of rain.

If the track and movement shown below is correct, closest approach would occur from tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon through the wee hours of Monday morning.  The official forecast predicts a huge amount of rain (120mm) during that 12 hour period.