By BBN Staff: The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the general public that Tropical Storm Franklin is now located near 17.1 North Latitude and 84.2 West Longitude or some 266 miles east south east of Belize City; 255 miles away from San Pedro and 290 miles from Corozal Town.
The barometric pressure is 1005 milibars (mb) and Franklin continues to move to the West-North-West at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour.
There is a possibility that Franklin could strengthen and reach Hurricane strength just before making landfall.
The projected tracks suggest that this system could impact anywhere from northern Belize to areas along the Yucatan Peninsula late this evening or tomorrow morning.
The forecast remains for heavy rainfall over Belize which is likely to cause flash floods. We can expect as much as 3-6 inches of rainfall with possible higher amounts, gusty winds, and severe thunderstorms.
A tropical storm warning is now in effect from Belize City up to the Corozal district with effect from 6:00 a.m., today.
Signal centers commanded by the Police must fly 2 red flags with black center for all areas under tropical storm warning.
NEMO advice is based on actions relative to RED II for those areas under a warning.
· The general public is advised to make the necessary arrangements to protect life and property. At risk families are encouraged to voluntarily move away from the coast to weather the storm in a safe, dry place. If you are exposed to bad weather conditions and flooding move to a shelter or higher grounds, with family or friends. Check up on family members and neighbors who are in need of assistance. Do not wait until it’s too late to take action. People in those areas under a Tropical Storm Watch and Warning are strongly encouraged to put their family emergency plan into action.
· Fishers and seagoing members of the public are advised to seek or remain in safe harbor. People on the cayes are encouraged to take the necessary actions to protect life and property.
· Farmers are encouraged to attend to their crops and animals to reduce losses. · When it is raining, drivers are urged to drive with extreme caution to avoid accidents due to slippery road conditions.
NEMO emergency coordinators can be reached as follows:
i. Corozal, Mr. Williard Levy at 623 0237;
ii. Orange Walk, Ms. Suliema Celiz at 605 5046, or Mr. Aragon at 636 6094;
iii. Belize District, Mr. Lionel Tillett at 6154834 and Mr. Kevin Pollard at 621 2275;
iv. San Pedro, Ms. Vanessa Parham at 632 3698;
v. Belize City, Ms. Timrose Augustine at 600 8672, or Councillor Willoughby (BZCC) at 6309793
vi. Belmopan, Ms. Clare Moody at 630 9791; vii. Cayo, Mr. Al Westby at 630 3224 or Mr. Johnny Ramclam at 625 2526;
viii. Stann Creek, Mr. Keith Emmanuel at 615 9711; and
ix. Toledo, Mr. Kenton Parham at 630 9787.
x. The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936.
The public is asked to not panic but to listen carefully and take actions based on the advice given by NEMO and the National Meteorological Service.
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