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Posted: Saturday, August 8, 2020. 3:46 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: While the Met Service’s radar equipment is currently down, monitoring of storm activity has not stopped. There is no official word on when the radar will be running again, but BBN has learned that works are ongoing.

Our newsroom spoke with Forecaster Michael Gentle today, who explained that forecasts for an active season have been accurate so far, and the possibility of even more activity going forward.

“There are some indications that, based on the sea surface temperatures, that we could even get more systems than the forecast was projecting,” Gentle said.

He stressed that as the peak of the season hits in September, there will be many rumors and false information circulating, which is why Belizeans need to rely on official sources for their information and ensure that the information is current.

“When you’re making plans, you need to get the latest information that is released. You can’t make plans today with information that was released yesterday,” Gentle added.

He noted that whenever a weather system is out, updates are released every 3-6 hours. Gentle also notes that storm monitoring is more serious than just looking at the number of storms, as only one or two storms can be enough to give any country a bad hurricane season.

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