Posted: Tuesday, August 2, 2016. 9:49 pm CST.
By The National Emergency Management Organization: NEMO is hereby upgrading the Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch to a Hurricane Warning for the entire coast of Belize, as Tropical Storm Earl is likely to intensify to Hurricane strength, just before making landfall.
Weather conditions over the country is expected to deteriorate to hurricane conditions within the next twenty four (24) hours, meaning winds in excess of 70 mph will be affecting the country of Belize.
Rainfall is estimated to be as high as 12 inches. Storm surge is likely to be 3-5ft.
Tropical Storm Earl maintains it westerly track moving 16 mph, it is probable that the track could change during the course of the next 6-12 hours.
TS Earl was centered near Latitude 16.4°N, Longitude 83.0°W or approx 350 miles east of Belize City. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts.
All are advised to pay keen attention and take the necessary actions to save life. Shelters will be open from 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning to receive people who want to seek shelter on the Cayes, Belize City, Belize District, Dangriga and Punta Gorda.
First set of shelters that will open:
1. New Horizon 7th Day Adventist School
2. San Pedro High School
3. San Pedro RC Primary
1. Caye Caulker RC School
1. Garden City Primary School
2. Belmopan Comprehensive High School
1. St. John’s Vianney
2. Unity Presbyterian Primary School
3. St. Luke Methodist Primary School
4. St. Martin De Porres Primary School
5. Pallotti High School
NEMO urges all to take actions in accordance with their plans. Do not listen to rumours! Listen to your local radio and television for further advisories from NEMO and the National Met Service.
A message from the NEMO Belize City Human Resource Management Coordinators:
In view of the approaching Tropical Storm (Tropical Storm Earl), and in accordance with Section 209 (1) (2) of the Belize Public Service Regulations (Belize Constitution), the following Public Officers are to report to the Charles Bartlette Hyde Building at 6:00am in the morning (Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016)for deployment to their assigned Hurricane Shelters;
1) Giselle Almendarez
2) Esther Vaughan
3) Genecia Requena
4) Phylis Hamilton
5) Brian Ferguson
6) Deshawn Dawson
7) Earl Grinage
8) Shem Reyes
9) Sharlett Mclaery
10) Kimberely Trapp
11) Denisha McKoy
12) Roy Waite
13) Egbert Young
14) Maud Jacobs
15) Ryan Waite
16) Marlon Myers
17) Carla Bennett
18) Lisa Griffith
19) Darnel Lopez
20) Julet Peters
21) Brent Myvette
22) Linsey Beslie
23) Shermadine Dennison
24) Rachael Mejia
25) Keon Henry
26) Shadae Westby
For further information kindly contact 620 4141 or 605 9984.
NEMO Emergency Coordinators can be reached as follows; Corozal, Mr. Williard Levy at 623 0237; Orange Walk, Ms. Suliema Celiz at 605 5046, Northern Regional Coordinator, Mr. Aragon at 6152264; Belize District, Mr. Lionel Tillett at 630 4830 and Mr. Kevin Pollard at 621 2275; San Pedro, Ms. Timrose Augustine at 600 8672; Belmopan, Ms. Clare Moody at 630 9791; Cayo, Mr. Al Westby at 630 3224; Stann Creek, Mr. Victor Castillo at 630 9780; Toledo, Mr. Kenton Parham at 630 9787 and the Southern Regional Coordinator, Mr. Keith Emmanuel at 6309711.
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