Forecasters predict Nana to hit Central America as hurricane

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Tropical satellite image of Tropical Storm Nana. (Photo: WWAY)

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Nana is now forecast to be a hurricane as it approaches the coast of Central America.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says people in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula should closely monitor its progress.

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Strong winds, a dangerous storm surge and very heavy rainfall causing flash flooding are likely.

Nana is the earliest 14th named storm on record, beating Nate, which formed on Sept. 6 in 2005. That’s according to Colorado State University professor Phil Klotzbach.

The hurricane center says Nana is centered southwest of Jamaica, on course to hit the northern coast of Honduras on Wednesday.