Tropical storm Nana weakens, dumps rain on Guatemala, Mexico

ZACAPA, Guatemala, Sept 3- Nana weakened to a tropical storm from a hurricane as it moved into Guatemala and southeastern Mexico, bringing heavy rains that have caused only minimal damage, the U.S. National Hurricane Center and local authorities said on Thursday. Nana is forecast to continue moving inland over Guatemala and extreme southeastern Mexico…

By Sofia Menchu

ZACAPA, Guatemala, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Nana weakened to atropical storm from a hurricane as it moved into Guatemala andsoutheastern Mexico, bringing heavy rains that have caused onlyminimal damage, the U.S. National Hurricane Center and localauthorities said on Thursday.

By 8 a.m. ET (1200 GMT), Nana was about 150 miles (241 km)north-northeast of Guatemala City, and packing sustained windsof 60 miles per hour (95 km/h), the Miami-based NHC said.

The government of Belize discontinued all coastal watchesand warnings and Mexico discontinued a tropical storm warningfor its coast, the center said.

Nana is forecast to continue moving inland over Guatemalaand extreme southeastern Mexico throughout Thursday and “rapidweakening is forecast today and tonight, and Nana will likelybecome a remnant low on Friday,” said the NHC.

Guatemalan disaster agency Conred said Nana damaged a homeand blew tree branches onto a highway. Authorities inneighboring Honduras did not report damages.

The NHC warned that rainfall from Nana could producelife-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

The eastern edges of the Mexican states of Veracruz andOaxaca are forecast to see rain of 6 to 8 inches, with isolateddownpours of up to 12 inches.

The northwest coast of Honduras could receive 2 to 4 inchesof rain, Belize 4 to 8 inches, with bursts of 10 inches, andGuatemala and the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco 3 to 6inches, with isolated totals of 8 inches, the NHC said.(Reporting by Sofia Menchu in Zacapa, Guatemala, GustavoPalencia in Tegucigalpa and Anthony Esposito in Mexico City;Editing by Dan Grebler)

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