MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Tropical Storm Nana has formed south of Jamaica, and is taking aim at Central America.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft crew flew into the storm, recording maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with higher gusts.
Nana is the earliest 14th named storm on record, beating Nate, which formed on Sept. 6 in 2005, according to Colorado State University professor Phil Klotzbach.
The hurricane center says Nana is centered about 120 miles southwest of Kingston, Jamaica, and is moving west at 18 mph on a path that could damage Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and southernmost Mexico.
The NHC said Tuesday afternoon that Nana is forecast to be a hurricane near landfall.
Here are the Key Messages for Tuesday early afternoon for Tropical Storm #Nana. The biggest change from the previous advisory is that it is now forecast to be a hurricane near landfall. Full forecast https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/u7IwBt413T
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2020