Posted: Sunday, August 6, 2017. 6:17 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The tropical system that is in the Eastern Caribbean has been gaining strength over the past days and it is now showing 35 miles per hour (mph) sustained winds gusting to 45 mph.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the tropical system is expected to intensify late tomorrow and will be named Tropical Storm Franklin.
The storm is projected to move across the Yucatan Peninsula into the southern Gulf of Mexico later in the week.
It is expected to make landfall as a strong tropical storm or potentially reaching hurricane status.
Travelers to Belize are advised to be aware of the changing weather conditions as the storm develops.
Today at 8:00 a.m., the National Emergency Management Organization in Belize (NEMO) issued its first official advisory on the tropical system, stating: “The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service, hereby informs the general public that a strong tropical wave over the west-central Caribbean Sea continues to show some signs of organization as it moves west-north westward at 10-15mph.”
NEMO Emergency Operations Centers (EOC’s) have been convening countrywide since this morning, Sunday August 6, 2017, in the face of threats from the tropical storm.
NEMO says it will continue, in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service, to monitor the system and issue official advisories as necessary. It advises the general public to keep informed and stay alert.
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