Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The topical disturbance being monitored in the Caribbean evolved into Tropical Storm Nana Tuesday. The storm, which meteorologists say continues to move west over the Caribbean Sea, is set to land Belize as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday.
Civil Protection of Quintana Roo has updated to a (low level) green alert for the municipalities of Othón P. Blanco and Bacalar in the southern portion of the state, however, they also warn of possible heavy winds and rain for the entire coast. As of noon September 2, Nana was located 333 km east-southeast of Puerto Costa Maya, Quintana Roo with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h.
At 8:00 a.m., Conagua issued an advisory that newly developed cloud formation from Nana could affect the coast of Quintana Roo from Cancun to Felipe Carrillo Puerto with heavy rains, wind and electrical activity, which they say, would arrive at night. Forecasters say Nana will bring flooding to parts of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and eastern Mexico.
Tropical Storm Nana formed quickly in the Caribbean Sea Tuesday morning. The storm is forecast to continue to intensify up until landfall, likely becoming a Category 1 hurricane before landing Belize.
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that aircraft data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter plane shows that Nana continues westward with little change in strength. They say Nana is located east of Belize City, moving west at 18 mph.
September is the peak month of hurricane season in the Atlantic with the most active day of the year being around September 10. Colorado State University tropical scientist Phil Klotzbach said half of all seasons have had at least one active hurricane on this date.