Hurricane warnings have been issued for Belize and the Honduras, from Limon westward to Puerto Cortes and the Bay Islands, including Roatan, Utila, and Guanaja, with a watch in effect for the Honduras from east of Limon to the Nicaragua/Honduras border and the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Punta Gruesa to Chetumal. A Tropical Storm Warning is also in effect for the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Punta Gruesa to Chetumal, and the Honduras, from west of Puerto Cortes to the Honduras/Guatemala border and from east of Limon to the Nicaragua/Honduras border. You can view a live tracking map and radar here from the NOAA.
The storm has been moving slowly, which has increased rainfall, and has been creating rainfall on the Caribbean side since Friday evening. The storm surge for the storm is currently expected to range from 2 to 4 feet above the normal tide levels along the northern coast of Honduras and Belize, and 1 to 3 feet for the Bay Islands. Along the coastline, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves, so obviously, stay away from the coastline. Rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is expected for the northern Honduras, the Bay Islands and Belize, with the maximum amounts from Hurricane Richard expected around 7 inches. The rains again could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, particularly in the mountainous regions. Nicaragua can expect anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rainfall over the northeastern regions. Winds of tropical storm force are expected over north-central Honduras in the warning area Sunday morning, and Hurricane condition winds are expected by late morning or early afternoon for the warning areas of Honduras. The coasts of Belize and southeastern Mexico can expect Tropical Storm conditions beginning by late Sunday afternoon, and to expect Hurricane conditions along the coast of Belize Sunday night and early Monday morning, as Hurricane Richard approaches.