Tropical Storm Earl Makes It Way Through the Caribbean
A weather system strengthening in the Caribbean was upgraded Tuesday to a tropical storm named Earl, which earlier left a trail of death and destruction in the Dominican Republic, officials said.
The center of Earl was about 450 miles east of Belize’s largest city, Belize City, as of 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center, and was moving at a brisk 16 mph clip with top sustained winds of 50 mph.
Belize was bracing for isolated maximum rainfall of 16 inches from Earl — the Atlantic basin’s first named storm since late June.
Rain and winds from the system battered the Dominican Republic from Sunday to Monday. At least six people were killed after winds knocked down power lines onto a bus in Nagua, according to the Associated Press.