Tropical storm Richard nears hurricane strength, soaks Honduras
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Richard is about 85 mi (140 km) east of Isla Guanaja Honduras and is expected to move further westward paralleling the coast of Honduras. Honduras and Belize are currently under a hurricane warning and the Mexican government has begun to evacuate fishermen from the Yucatán Peninsula, which is under a tropical storm warning, as strong winds and rain are expected over the next 24 hours.
Honduran officials have evacuated residents and tourists from coastal areas. "[We will] evacuate between 3,000 and 4,000 people that live in coastal zones where there could be a storm surge and heavy winds," a Honduran emergency response official, Randolfo Funez, said. The(NHC) released a statement, which said: "A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along the northern coast of Honduras and Belize...and 1 to 3 feet in the bay islands. Near the coast...the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves." They also advised that life threatening flash floods and landslides are possible, especially in mountainous areas in the storm's path.
- "Tropical storm Richard forms, drifts towards Honduras" — Wikinews, October 23, 2010
- "Richard public advisory #13" — , October 23, 2010
- "UPDATE 2-Richard to become hurricane, dumps rain on Honduras" — , October 23, 2010
- "Tropical Storm Richard brushes Honduran coast" — , October 23, 2010