Hurricane Lisa
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert November 2022: Hurricane Lisa to Impact Northern Central America

The hurricane season in 2022 is not over yet.

If Belize, eastern Guatemala, northern Honduras, and southern Mexico are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Hurricane Lisa, whose landfall could occur as soon as later today, Wednesday, November 2, 2022 somewhere along the coast of central Belize.

Travel Alert November 2022: Hurricane Lisa to Impact Northern Central America

Hurricane Lisa
Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this tropical storm system — which is currently centered approximately 55 miles east southeast of Belize City in Belize and is moving west at 14 miles per hour — are 80 miles per hour, which means that it is classified as a Category 1 hurricane.

After it is downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm to a post tropical depression, this system is forecast to venture back out over the open waters of the Bay of Campeche — but strengthening once again to a tropical storm or a hurricane is not expected at this time.

Conditions

Significant precipitation of up to:

  • Ten inches of rain is forecast for Belize, northern Guatemala, the southern portion of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, southern Campeche, Tabasco, northern Chiapas, and far eastern Veracruz.
  • Six inches of rain is forecast for across the far southeastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Bay Islands of Honduras, central Guatemala, and south-central Campeche.

A dangerous storm surge is likely to cause coastal flooding in Belize — as well as extreme southeastern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Meanwhile, swells generated by Hurricane Lisa are are expected to affect Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and portions of Central America during the next couple of days with strong rip currents and surf rough enough to threaten lives.

Official Warnings and Watches

The following official warnings were issued by the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States:

  • A hurricane warning is currently in effect for:
    • The entire coast of Belize
    • Chetumal to Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico
  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for:
    • Bay Islands in Honduras
    • North coast of Honduras from Punta Castilla westward
    • North coast of Guatemala
    • Puerto Costa Maya to Punta Allen in Mexico

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within Belize, eastern Guatemala, northern Honduras, and southern Mexico over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

Final Boarding Call

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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