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.
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For the first time in 17 years, the hurricane season has gone 97 days without a hurricane, and scientists don?t know why. The last time the Atlantic-Caribbean season ran this long with no hurricanes was 1984, until Hurricane Diana arrived on September 10. This year there have been five tropical storms but none have developed the 74 mph winds necessary for them to be classified as hurricanes. Scientists had been predicting a major hurricane season.
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