hurricane – Hurricane Iris, with sustained winds of 140 mph, is heading for the Central American nation of Belize. It is feared that this dangerous hurricane will devastate the country.
The military is attempting to evacuate the 65,000 residents of the capital, Belize City, which is expected to experience an 18 foot storm surge. Downpours were expected to cause mudslides and floods. A government spokesman said that the country was in “a state of emergency.”
The storm has killed three people in the Dominican Republic and caused damage in Jamaica. At 5 p.m. EDT, Iris was approximately 160 miles east of Belize City, moving westward at 20 mph.