Tropical Storm Nana could become the season’s next hurricane Wednesday evening as it closes in on a Belize landfall early Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.
The center is also tracking Tropical Storm Omar and two tropical waves, which for now pose no threat to land.
As of the 8 a.m. update, Nana was packing 60 mph winds and headed toward Central America at 18 mph. The small storm, with tropical-storm-force winds extending 60 miles from the center, was 305 miles east of Belize City, Belize.
Belize, a chunk of Guatemala and the southern end of the Yucatan Peninsula were under a hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning Wednesday. The hurricane center said the storm could bring three to five feet of storm surge and three to six inches of rainfall to the region.
After landfall, forecasters said Nana could quickly lose strength and pass through Guatemala and Mexico as a tropical depression.
In the northeast, Tropical Storm Omar continued to hang onto tropical storm strength as it continued its eastern track. As of the 5 a.m. update, forecasters predicted Omar would remain a tropical storm until Thursday before dissolving into a remnant low.
There are also two waves to watch in the Atlantic, one midway between Africa and the Caribbean and one just off the African coast. The hurricane center said it expects the two to merge in the next day or so.
“Gradual development of this system is then possible, and a tropical depression could form by this weekend while it moves westward over the eastern and central tropical Atlantic Ocean,” forecasters said.
The hurricane center gave the combined system a low chance of forming in the next couple of days at 10% but upped its chance of forming this week to 60%.
The next storm name is Paulette.