Weather: Tropical Storm Lisa threatens Central America


Tropical Storm Lisa strengthened as it passed through the western Caribbean on Tuesday, south of the Cayman Islands, and is forecast to make landfall, potentially as a hurricane, in Central America as early as Tuesday Private.

The US National Hurricane Center said Lisa had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 km/h) and was moving west at 24 km/h. The center of the storm was located about 355 kilometers east of the Honduran island of Roatan.

A hurricane warning has been in effect for Roatan and the other Bay Islands of Roatan and Guatemala has declared a warning for its entire Caribbean coast.

Lisa is forecast to strengthen to a hurricane early Wednesday as it passes over or near the Bay Islands and approaches Belize later in the day.

Meanwhile, the Hurricane Center said a new Tropical Cyclone Martin was forming off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is centered about 550 miles (885 km) northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h).

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