Lisa forms into hurricane

A man carries his son and belongings in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, on Friday. Tropical Storm Matthew made landfall in Nicaragua and is heading northwest on the Central American coast.

Associated Press

A man carries his son and belongings in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, on Friday. Tropical Storm Matthew made landfall in Nicaragua and is heading northwest on the Central American coast.

MIAMI — Lisa is rapidly strengthening in the open Atlantic Ocean and is now the seventh hurricane of the season.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday that Lisa had top sustained winds of 75 mph. However, the storm does not pose any threat to land at this time.

Meanwhile, the center of Tropical Storm Matthew hit land over northeastern Nicaragua and is heading northwest along the Central American coast and inland toward Guatemala with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega ordered an emergency structures alert, Lt. Col. Freddy Herrera told the Associated Press by telephone.

Lisa forms into hurricane 09/24/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 24, 2010 11:44pm]

    

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