Tropical Storm Lisa likely to strengthen into hurricane, forecasters say

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Lisa is likely to power up to a hurricane before it batters Central America later this week.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Lisa was about 220 miles south of Grand Cayman and about 480 miles east of Belize City.

The system was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, with higher gusts, and was moving west at 14 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The system posed no imminent threat to Florida or the United States.

Governments in Central America announced a host of watches and warnings on Monday that covered areas of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Mexico.

The system is expected to strengthen into a hurricane while over the northwest Caribbean on Wednesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extended 105 miles from the system’s center on Monday.

Lisa could bring up to 5 feet of storm surge and 8 inches of rain to areas of Central America.

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