The broad area of disturbance centered in the Northwestern Caribbean is almost certain to become Tropical Cyclone 14, and the Hurricane Center has now initiated advisories on it. It is expected to drift northward toward Yucatan Peninsula, then into the southern Gulf of Mexico by Monday. In the meantime, it is bringing torrential rainfall to portions of Central America (including Belize), Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba over the next few days. The Hurricane Center says, “Rainfall totals of 3 to 7 inches are forecast over western Cuba, with 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize and northern Honduras through Tuesday.” We advise residents and visitors throughout Belize, particularly in flood-prone areas, to keep monitoring reports from the Belize Met Service.

The storm should be named Hurricane Michael before the end of today.