TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Lisa and Martin have just become the sixth and seventh hurricanes of the 2022 Atlantic season, the National Hurricane Center said.
Martin strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday morning.
At 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, it was located 1,280 miles west of The Azores with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It was moving east-northeast at 26 mph.
“Martin should get larger and stronger through tomorrow, gradually lose strength from Thursday through the weekend, but remain a very large cyclone,” the NHC said in its latest advisory.
No watches or warnings are in effect at this time.
Lisa became a hurricane Wednesday morning as it started to close in on Belize.
At 11 a.m., Lisa was centered about 55 miles east-southeast of Belize City, Belize with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It was moving west at 14 mph with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 10 miles from its center and tropical-storm-force-winds extending outward up to 70 miles from the eye.
Lisa is forecast to make landfall in Belize sometime on Wednesday, then it will likely cross northern Guatemala on Thursday before moving into Mexico.
“Some strengthening is forecast before landfall. Rapid weakening will occur after the center of Lisa moves inland,” the NHC said.
The storm poses no threat to Florida.
Lisa is expected to dump 2 to 6 inches of rain on parts of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands with some areas seeing isolated amounts of 10 inches. The NHC warns the heavy rainfall could bring flash flooding conditions across Belize and into northern Guatemala and parts of the Yucatan peninsula and the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco.
The storm surge could raise water levels about 4 to 7 feet above normal tide levels along the coast of Belize and extreme southeastern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Swells generated by the storm will likely affect Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Central America for the next day or two, and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, the center said.
The next named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season would be Nicole.