Heavy rain is pictured through the windshield of a car as Hurricane Earl approaches, in Belize City, Belize, August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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A hurricane gathering force as it swept in from the Caribbean was threatening flooding and mud slides in Belize Thursday after making landfall in the middle of the night, officials warned.Hurricane Earl was packing sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.The fifth named tropical storm of the 2016 season, Earl strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday, according to the NHC.Initially, the eye of the hurricane was projected to pass south of Belize City, but now it was seen to be on a path north of the city, population 60,000 .
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