October 22nd, 2010
08:29 PM ET

Hurricane watch in effect for Honduras ahead of Richard

A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning remained in effect Friday night for Honduras from the Nicaragua/Honduras border westward to Limon, Honduras and the Bay Islands.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane-force winds are possible, and is usually issued 48 hours in advance of tropical-storm-force winds.

Tropical Storm Richard was slowly beginning to shift toward the west on Friday morning after being nearly stationary in the southwestern Caribbean since it formed on Thursday.

Satellite imagery indicated that the storm was beginning to become more organized and strengthen. However, a hurricane hunter aircraft investigating the storm on Friday morning was unable to find stronger winds, so Richard remains a minimal tropical storm with sustained winds of 45 mph with higher gusts.

Richard is now moving slowly toward the west at 5 mph. A west-to-northwest motion at an increasing forward speed is expected over the next couple of days, the National Hurricane Center said. The current forecast track from the Hurricane Center shows Richard approaching the coast of northeastern Honduras late Saturday.

Richard is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of three to five inches over northern Honduras with isolated higher amounts of up to seven inches. Accumulations of this amount could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, forecasters said.

Tropical-storm-force winds will be possible in northeastern Honduras on Saturday evening. Hurricane-force winds will be possible in the area early Sunday morning.

The forecast track from the National Hurricane Center shows Richard heading toward the northern coast of Belize by Monday morning. By that time, Richard should be a strong category 1 hurricane with sustained winds reaching up to 95 mph. It is possible that Richard could intensify into a category 2 hurricane before making landfall near the Mexico/Belize border on Monday morning.

Thereafter, the system is expected to weaken over land as it moves across the southern Yucatan Peninsula. Wind shear, which creates conditions that are unfavorable for tropical cyclones, is expected to be strong over the southern Gulf of Mexico and re-strengthening will be unlikely after it re-emerges into the Bay of Campeche. Richard is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression and could dissipate in the Bay of Campeche by Wednesday of next week.

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  1. Scott

    This is a little picky I knoww...but check your intro header. Cyclones are in the Indian Ocean.

    October 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. walleye46

    TacoTornado is probably someone who got lost (in more ways than one) on his way to the Fox website. Just shows what a bunch of ignorant bigots reside there. Maybe I will ask O'Donnell to twitch her nose and put a hex on this moron.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zola

      I take offense with your comments. You are completely bigoted yourself in thinking that about the people who watch Fox News. Just saying.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ghurst

    TacoTornado please take your medications psyco freak. I hope you get back into the slammer soon

    October 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Igorot

    Who is taco tornado. My country Philippines was recently battered by the strongest hurricane (category 5) that happened in the last 50 years. They had prepared hard and the loss of more lives was prevented. Now typhoon Megi created havoc in Taiwan and will make landfall in China. Hurricanes (hurricanes, cyclones, wili-wilis) whatever you call it are no jokes. They will drenched and blow you away.

    October 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dbox

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    October 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. iamyoursaviou

    We need this hurricane to head north and take out all of New Orleans and the debris that lives there.... Get the job done once and for all. Oh and Walleye46... Why are you so inferior to the rest of us? No need to respond. I'll just assume you are another one of Obama's pathetic little uniformed dweebs who can't compete in the real world....Yea...that covers it pod boy.....LOL...I crack myself up and at the expense of each and every liberal alive... Remember...make sure you KILL ALL YOUR KIDS..... I WANT YOU TO FOLLOW THE RULES OF N.O.W.W. (NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WEEK WOMEN).... KILL KILL KILL...LOL

    October 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joy

    what kind of nut case is this!

    October 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gilbert

    CNN, please monitor your blog. There are people fighting and writing bad words. I don't like green eggs and ham.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    @Cnn- this blog has become an embarassment. Good idea in theory, but in practice you allow posts which are offensive and inflamatory. I have multiple bookmarks for news and, thanks to this crap, this is the last time i will come here. You must have national enquirer rejects on staff.

    October 23, 2010 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gilbert

    Don't worry CNN, he will come back; they always do. Robert just needs to chill and mellow out-Gilbert

    October 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michelle

    What are "week" women? Are they a longer female version of "Minute Men"?

    October 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |