Hurricane Earl hits Belize near capital, prompting flooding fears

August 4, 2016 6:45 AM

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Hurricane Earl hits Belize near capital, prompting flooding fears

Puerto Barrios (Guatemala) (AFP) - A hurricane packing 130 kilometer (80 mile) per hour winds and heavy rain made landfall in Central America near Belize's capital, where officials warned of likely flooding and damage to homes Thursday.

Hurricane Earl swept in from the Caribbean to strike just south of Belize City, population 60,000, around midnight Wednesday (0600 GMT Thursday), according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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