Forecasters were watching two hurricanes and another patch of rough weather in the tropics on Wednesday.
Hurricane Lisa formed on Wednesday morning and was expected to barrel into Belize later in the day, then cross northern Guatemala and continue into southeastern Mexico by Thursday.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Martin strengthened into a hurricane in the north Atlantic later Wednesday morning, though forecasters said that system doesn’t pose an imminent threat to land. Martin is the seventh hurricane of the season, which is in its final stretch before wrapping up on Nov. 30.
Forecasters also were watching a broad area of low pressure over the southwestern Atlantic that they said has a 20% chance of strengthening into a tropical system within the next five days.
None of the systems pose an immediate threat to Florida.
Lisa was about 55 miles east of Belize City, according to an 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. Lisa had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and was moving west at 14 mph.
The Hurricane Center expects Lisa to continue to strengthen as it approaches Belize. The storm will then weaken after it makes landfall. Forecasters said storm surge could be as high as 7 feet and Lisa could dump up to 10 inches of rain.
A host of hurricane and tropical storm warnings had been issued for various parts of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Martin was about 1,280 miles west of The Azores and about 790 miles south-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, according to a 10 a.m. update from the Hurricane Center. The storm was racing east-northeast at about 26 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
The Hurricane Center said Martin will likely become a “large and powerful extratropical low” on Thursday.
Martin is too far from land for any watches or warnings.
In addition, forecasters described an area of low pressure that popped up Wednesday in the southwestern Atlantic as “broad and complex.” The disturbance is expected to develop in a few days near the Greater Antilles or over the southwestern Atlantic. The Hurricane Center said the system could have some development while it moves north to northwest.
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