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Weather Blog: Richard Third Storm to Strike Belize

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:50 PM

The third time is not a charm for the country of Belize. Belize felt the first hurricane of the season when Alex plowed through the country as a category 2 hurricane. Belize suffered a total of 33 fatalities and $1,885 million in damage. By late September another storm pays a visit, but this time its just a tropical storm, Matthew. Now hurricane Richard slams in just South of Belize City with 3 to 6 inches of rain and 90mph winds. Could Richard impact Texas ? Right now that does not appear very likely.

The National Hurricane Center Track does not indicate any restrengthening once it gets into the Bay of Campeche. Richard will likely weaken as it draws in drier and cooler air from a front barreling Southward into Texas by the end of the week. It will either join forces with the front or fizzle altogether. Another thing that's fizzling are our rain chances. A strong front pushes into Houston Thursday but rainfall amounts are likely to be meager. If no rain falls at Bush Airport, October may go down as a rainless month officially. That coupled with the windy conditions early this week elevates fire conditions across Southeast Texas. Montgomery county joins the burn ban club that is growing quickly across the state with each dry day.

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