Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hurricane Richard Makes Landfall in Belize

Radar showed the eye of Hurricane Richard made landfall about 20 miles SSW of Belize City about 45 minutes ago.  Max sustained winds were 90 MPH / 150 kmh.


SUMMARY OF 745 PM CDT...0045 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...17.2N 88.3W
ABOUT 20 MI...35 KM SSW OF BELIZE CITY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...90 MPH...150 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...981 MB...28.97 INCHES

Hurricane Richard Hits Belize

Hurricane Richard's path shifted slightly to the north since the last update and movement has accelerated to 13 MPH WNW.  It is about 55 miles from Belize City and has strengthened slightly.  Central pressure dropped to 988.  As you can see in the sat image, Hurricane Richard is a tight little hurricane and will mostly likely affect us very little here in Rio Dulce.


LOCATION...17.1N 87.5W
ABOUT 55 MI...85 KM ESE OF BELIZE CITY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...85 MPH...140 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...988 MB...29.18 INCHES







Richard Becomes a Hurricane


Tropical Storm Richard has become Hurricane Richard.  Max sustained winds now 85 MPH.

LOCATION...16.9N 86.9W
ABOUT 95 MI...155 KM ESE OF BELIZE CITY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...85 MPH...140 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...991 MB...29.26 INCHES

Possible Heavy Rain Tonight from Richard

Tropical Storm Richard continues to strengthen very slowly.  Winds are now up to 70 MPH, so not quite a hurricane yet.  It is following the track that was forecast yesterday.

Heavy rains are possible tonight (Sunday night) while the storm makes its closest approach and passes NNE of us here in Rio Dulce, Guatemala.


Location:  16.8N   86.4W
30 mi N of Roatan
Maximum sustained winds: 70 MPH
Movement: WNW at 10 MPH
Minimum central pressure: 990 mb, 29.23 inches

Hurricane warning is in effect for:  Belize and Honduras from Limon to Puerto Cortes and the Bay Islands, Roatan, Utila, Guanaja.