Lisa turns into a hurricane

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(CNN) — Lisa has become a hurricane, according to the 8 a.m. update on National Hurricane Center (NHC). Hurricane Lisa now has 120 km/h winds with even higher gusts.

The cyclone is now about 100 miles (160 km) east-southeast of Belize, moving west at 24 km/h. Hurricane and tropical storm warnings remain in effect for parts of the eastern coast of Central America, including the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

Lisa is expected to make landfall in Belize later Wednesday, then cross northern Guatemala and move into southeastern Mexico on Thursday. Its passage could leave heavy rains of up to 150 millimeters, with local amounts of 250 millimeters in Belize and storm surges of more than two meters near and to the north of where the center of Lisa crosses the coast of Belize and the extreme southeastern parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.

At midnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, the cyclone was located about 210 kilometers east-northeast of Roatán Island, the largest of the Islas de la Bahía archipelago, in the Honduran Caribbean, while blowing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour ( km/h) and moving at 24 km/h to the west.

After making landfall, the hurricane is expected to weaken rapidly but continue to dump heavy rain as it passes through southeastern Mexico, home to well-known tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Lisa is estimated to enter the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical depression by the end of the week.

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