Tropical Storm Forms in Caribbean After Killing Six

Tropical Storm Forms in Caribbean After Killing Six

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A weather system strengthening in the Caribbean was upgraded Tuesday to a tropical storm named Earl, which earlier left a trail of death and destruction in the Dominican Republic, officials said.

The center of Earl was about 450 miles east of Belize’s largest city, Belize City, as of 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center, and was moving at a brisk 16 mph clip with top sustained winds of 50 mph.

Belize was bracing for isolated maximum rainfall of 16 inches from Earl — the Atlantic basin’s first named storm since late June.

Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula were also set to get slammed with 8 to 12 inches of rain along with high winds and flooding.

The storm threat comes after Earl — as a weaker tropical wave — pummeled the Dominican Republic on Sunday, knocking down power lines and starting a fire that killed six passengers on a bus filled with people returning from the beach.

The satellite map shows the current position of Invest 97-L. A tropical disturbance, now entering the western Caribbean Sea, is still trying to develop into a tropical storm.