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A tropical depression remains off the East coast of the U.S., while another system could become better organized in the Caribbean.

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  • Nana is soaking Jamaica today and has prompted tropical storm watches for the northern coast of Honduras.
  • The hurricane center said that Nana should reach hurricane strength before hitting land.
  • Nana has set a record for the earliest “N” storm in the Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Nana formed Tuesday afternoon in the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said. It’s the 14th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

The hurricane center predicted Nana will strengthen into a hurricane, with winds of 75 mph, before it makes landfall in Central America on Thursday. 

The storm was soaking Jamaica and has prompted tropical storm watches for the northern coast of Honduras and the entire coastline of Belize.

Nana is likely to threaten parts of Central America with heavy rain, gusty winds and rough surf later this week and into this weekend. In addition to Honduras and Belize, other countries that could be affected by Nana include Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. 

“The greatest threat to lives and property in Central America will be from torrential rain that can unleash flash flooding and mudslides,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Rob Miller said.

It will not impact the United States, forecasters said. 

Tropical Storm Nana (left, south of Cuba) formed Tuesday in the Caribbean Sea. It’s expected to hit Central America by Thursday. (Photo: NOAA)

As of 5:00 p.m. ET, Nana had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was heading west at 18 mph. It was located 590 miles east of Belize City, Belize. 

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Nana has set a record for the earliest “N” storm in the Atlantic, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach. The previous record for the earliest “N” storm was Nate on Sept. 6, 2005, he said.

Elsewhere, Tropical Depression 15 strengthened into Tropical Storm Omar as it zipped out to sea on Tuesday off the U.S. East Coast. Although the storm will not hit any land areas, “swells generated by the depression will continue to affect portions of the Outer Banks of North Carolina through this evening, causing life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the hurricane center said.  

The storm should dissipate in the Atlantic over the next couple of days, forecasters said. 

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