Tropical depression Lisa enters Mexico after landfall in Belize | Weather News

The storm has misplaced some momentum after whipping by way of Belize Wednesday, however specialists warn of heavy rains in Mexico.

Tropical Melancholy Lisa has crossed into southern Mexico in the future after making landfall as a hurricane within the neighbouring nation of Belize, the place it knocked out energy within the nation’s largest metropolis.

Lisa moved into southern Mexico on Thursday, bringing winds of 55km/h (35mph) and warnings of heavy rains, flooding and mudslides from the US Nationwide Hurricane Heart.

“Lisa weakens to a melancholy however nonetheless brings heavy rains to parts of southeastern Mexico,” the middle mentioned on its web site. The company mentioned that the storm might carry between 10 to 15cm (4 to six inches) of rain to the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas.

No deaths or main injury have been reported because of Lisa up to now. However the hurricane introduced fierce winds of as much as 120km/h (75mph) when it made landfall on Wednesday exterior of Belize Metropolis, the nation’s fundamental business port, knocking out energy and uprooting timber.

“It’s a scary expertise,” mentioned Angelica Escalante, who works within the city of Sand Hill simply exterior Belize Metropolis and expressed concern about her neighbours’ houses. “Their roofs may not be sturdy sufficient for this climate.”

Authorities in Belize reported that some houses misplaced sheet-metal roofs because of the storm and that some flooding occurred.

The Belize authorities’s emergency providers additionally introduced on Wednesday {that a} state of emergency was in impact by way of Thursday. Officers suggested individuals residing in susceptible areas to maneuver to shelters, noting that border crossings, ports and airports have additionally been closed.

Lisa was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Wednesday because it moved throughout Belize and northern Guatemala, and has now been downgraded additional to a tropical melancholy.

It’s now shifting west at about 17km/h (10mph) and was anticipated to enter the Gulf of Mexico by Friday. Climate fashions have predicted that Lisa will attain the Bay of Campeche within the southern area of the Gulf, dwelling to quite a few offshore oil drilling rigs.

Nevertheless, Lisa is anticipated to have weakened by the point it reaches the world.

Hurricanes have continued to extend in scope, frequency, and destructiveness, pushed partly as a result of adjustments ensuing from local weather change.