What areas are threatened by Tropical Storm Lisa and when would it become a hurricane?

(CNN Spanish) — Tropical Storm Lisa, which formed in the Caribbean this Monday, threatens Jamaica, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, territories for which the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued warnings or advisories until this Monday afternoon.

As of 05:00 PM Miami time, the NHC advisories in effect were as follows:

  • Track the hurricane for the Bay Islands in Honduras and the coast of Belize from north of Puerto Barrios to south of Chetumal.
  • Tropical Storm Warning for the Bay Islands in Honduras.
  • A tropical storm watch for Jamaica, the entire northern coast of Honduras, Guatemala from the Honduran border to Puerto Barrios, and Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Herrera.

Storm surge of 1 to 1.5 meters is forecast along the Belize coast and 3 to 90 cm in the Bay Islands of Honduras. Heavy rains could also produce flash flooding from northern Honduras to the eastern Yucatan Peninsula.

As for rain, it is expected to fall from 8 to 13 cm with specific areas of up to 20 cm in parts of Belize and the Bay Islands of Honduras, from 5 to 10 cm with specific areas of 15 cm in parts of the north. from Honduras, Jamaica, Guatemala and the eastern Yucatan Peninsula, and 2.5 cm with patches up to 5 cm in parts of the Cayman Islands and eastern Nicaragua.

When and where will Lisa become a Hurricane?

Tropical Storm Lisa is forecast to continue its westward path across the Caribbean Sea over the next two days, approaching the northern coast of Honduras on Tuesday and the coast of Belize on Wednesday.

Based on current forecasts, Lisa will make landfall in Belize on Wednesday as a severe tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane.

The Atlantic hurricane season has been unusually quiet for the first few months, but a number of tropical storms have formed recently, several of which have reached hurricane status. The strongest was Ian, which reached South Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving a trail of destruction that has yet to be repaired.

editor’s note: This article has been updated with the latest advice from the NHC.

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