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Sep 3, 2020

Hurricane Nana Hit Belize at Midnight as a Category One!

Tropical Storm Nana became a hurricane around nine on Wednesday night and it hit Belize at midnight as a category one storm.  It made landfall along the coast between Hopkins and Placencia.  The preliminary information shows that the system hit the country with winds of seventy-five miles per hour, but later, the system downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved over Guatemala. Today, we spoke with Meteorologist Shanea Young who shared the details of the hurricane with a focus on the area it made landfall:


Shanea Young, Meteorologist, National Met Service

“Hurricane Nana made landfall as a category one hurricane with winds of seventy-five miles per hour just between Dangriga and Placencia. It had at the time minimum central pressure of nine hundred and ninety-five millibars.   Between quarter to twelve and half hour after midnight, in terms of winds, in Dangriga there was an average of around thirty-seven miles per hour with gusts up to fifty-two miles per hour around eleven thirty-five last night. In Placencia, the average sustained winds were around twenty-five miles per hour with gusts up to forty-nine miles per hour around the time of landfall. But the storm made landfall between those two areas and so that is where the maximum winds of seventy-five miles per hour was recorded. And also just before the storm made landfall, the station that is managed by the Smithsonian instate recoded seventy-five miles per hour around 9 to midnight just before the storm strengthened into a hurricane and shortly before landfall.  Then it continued to move westward across the country between mid-night and early this morning. And now it is to the west of us.”


Shanea Young

Andrea Polanco

“Did it downgrade to a tropical storm shortly after it made landfall?”


Shanea Young

“In the three a.m. advisory, I believe, had it as a tropical storm. So, this morning it was still a tropical storm at six a.m when it was over northern Guatemala.”


Andrea Polanco

“We know it made landfall between Dangriga and Placencia, but is there perhaps a community that was hardest hit by the storm?”


Shanea Young

“Well, based on the rainfall data it would seem that it’s between Placencia and Bella Vista area along the southern coast – they were the ones most impacted with rainfall and also in Punta Gorda near the airstrip – they had rainfall of two inches to three point five inches. In terms of the wind speed, the Dangriga area of the two received higher gusts of winds , while in Placencia the sustained winds was around twenty-five miles per hour. Those are what our automatic stations are reporting at this time.”

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