Tropical Storm Earl: Thursday Afternoon Update

Earl made landfall early Thursday in Belize, in Central America.

The storm is now bringing heavy rainfall to portions of Central America and southeastern Mexico.

The center of Tropical Storm Earl is now over northern Guatemala near latitude 17.3 North, longitude 90.2 West.  Earl is moving toward the west near 12mph, and this general motion is expected to continue during the next couple of days.  On this track, Earl will continue to move across northern Guatemala and southeastern Mexico tonight and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45mph.

Earl could drop as much as 8 to 12 inches of rain over portions of Belize, Guatemala and the Mexican states of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Veracruz through Friday morning.  Some isolated spots could get as much as 18 inches of rain.

The next update is coming later this evening.

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