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Nana stays a tropical storm for now, a hurricane still possible before landfall

A hurricane warning remains in effect for coastal Belize.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Nana could bring hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge tonight to portions of the coast of Belize.

However, in their Wednesday afternoon 5 p.m. update, the storm continues as a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with higher gusts. As of the hurricane center's latest advisory, Nana was about 65 miles northeast of Isla Roatan, Honduras, and moving west at 15 mph.

The system poses no threat to Florida or the rest of the United States. It is expected to impact Belize late tonight into early Thursday, potentially as a Category 1 hurricane with 74+ mph winds.

About 8-12 inches of rain is expected, resulting in flash flooding in Belize, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico by tonight.

Hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings are in effect for parts of Mexico and the Central American coastline.

Nana is now the earliest "N" named storm on record, developing on Sep. 1. The previous record was held by Nate, which formed on Sep. 6, 2005. Tropical storm Omar, developed about shortly after Nana, also on Sep. 1, became the earliest "O" storm on record, beating Ophelia which developed on Sep. 7, 2005. 

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