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Tropical Storm Harvey makes landfall


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Tropical Storm Harvey makes landfall

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BELMOPAN, Belize – Tropical Storm Harvey, the seventh major storm of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane season made landfall on the southern coast of Belize today, but weather officials said the system should begin to weaken over the next 24 hours.
At 1:00 pm, the storm was situated 35 miles south of Belize City with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.
Tropical storm warnings have gone into effect for Honduras, Guatemala and the coast of Belize.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Harvey is moving towards the west near 13 mph and “this motion is expected to continue for the next day or two.
“On the forecast track, the center of Harvey will continue to move inland over Belize then move into northern Guatemala late this afternoon or tonight”.
NHC said that a weakening of the storm is expected now that the center is moving indland. But it said that Harvey is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of three to six inches with isolated amounts of ten inches.
“These rains could produce life threatening flash floods and mudslides especially over higher terrain,” NHC added.
Meanwhile, a large tropical wave is located 250 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and the NHC said that residents in Puerto Rico, the Virgin islands and Hispaniola should monitor the progress of that system.
It said locally heavy rain and gusty winds are likely over the Lesser Antilles Saturday through to Sunday. (CMC)

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