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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring two named storms —Martin, which formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday morning, and Lisa, which is forecast to become the sixth hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season.
Tropical Storm Martin
At 11 a.m. ET, it was about 550 miles east-northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. It was moving east at 12 mph.
The storm is forecast to turn toward the northeast, pick up speed and strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday night, then transition into a “powerful extratropical system” on Thursday, the NHC said.
No coastal warnings or watches are in effect at this time.
Tropical Storm Lisa
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Storm Lisa was centered about 320 miles east of Roatán with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It was moving west at 14 mph with tropical storm force winds extending outward up to 70 miles from its center.
Lisa is forecast to pass south of the Cayman Islands on Tuesday. It’s expected to strengthen into a hurricane Wednesday morning over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and move near or over the Bay Islands before approaching Belize.
“Tropical Storm Lisa will gradually strengthen before making landfall around Belize. It will bring heavy rain to Central America,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann said.
The storm poses no threat to Florida.
Lisa is expected to dump 1 to 6 inches of rain on parts of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, with the NHC warning the heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding across northern Honduras to the eastern Yucatan peninsula.
The storm surge could raise water levels about 1 to 6 feet above normal tide levels along the coast of Belize and the Bay Islands.
Swells generated by the storm will likely affect Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Central America for the next day or two, the center said.
Hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for the Bay Islands and north of Puerto Barrios to Puerto Costa Maya. Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect for the north coast of Honduras and parts of Mexico.
The next named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season would be Nicole.