Hurricane Felix: tourists and residents flee storm – 04 Sep 2007

Hurricane Felix satellite image - courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFCHurricane Felix continued to strengthen as tourists and residents prepare for the storm to hit Central America.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami has forecast the ‘extremely dangerous’ storm is on track to hit the Honduras and Nicaragua border today where it is likely to produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

Tourists have reportedly been evacuated from Honduras and people in Belize are boarding up homes in preparation. Felix has already struck Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles islands but damage wasn’t extreme.

The storm is currently classified as category four with winds of up to 150mph, but this could increase to level five by the time it reaches land, say hurricane experts.

Image courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC.

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