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Weather experts say Harvey downgraded but still a threat

Cancun, Q.R. — Although Tropical Storm Harvey has been downgraded to a disorganized system, weather experts are warning not to let your guard down just yet. The system, they say, still poses a threat to Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski says that on Sunday, Harvey showed signs of regeneration and could become a tropical depression or storm by Tuesday morning. If this occurs, Harvey will hit the region with gusty thunderstorms and rough seas.

However, the direction of the storm has changed. According to the National Hurricane Center, Harvey is producing a large area of cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorms over the west-central Caribbean Sea. Some development of this system is still possible before it reaches the coast of Belize or the Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday.

They add that regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are likely to spread westward across Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula during the next couple of days.

AccuWeather’s Kottlowski added, “If Harvey can remain far enough off the coast, then it will have more time and room to re-intensify, which could allow it to again become a tropical depression or storm.”

The full extent of impacts across Central America will depend on the future strength of the system. AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio says, “From 75 to 125 mm (3 to 5 inches) of rain will fall with local amounts topping 150 mm (6 inches) along the path of Harvey.”

Harvey is expected to land southwestern Mexico early this week. Rossio says that sun bathers in the area should use extreme caution as the number and strength of rip currents will be on the rise until Harvey has moved well inland, noting that there will be a threat of coastal flooding from northern Honduras to Belize and Quintana Roo.

Harvey is the eighth named tropical system of the 2017 Atlantic season. September 10th marks the peak of hurricane season for the region.