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NEMO declares Hurricane Watch for Belize

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Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2020. 5:37 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) have issued a hurricane watch for Belize.

As of this afternoon, Tropical Storm Nana was located near latitude 16.8 N, longitude 79.3 W or about 590 miles east of Belize City.

 Nana was moving to the west at 18 miles per hour (mph) with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

Nana is forecast to continue moving west and to make landfall on Thursday as a category one hurricane.

Residents across the country should be prepared for category 1 hurricane force winds between 74 and 95 mph.

This system could also produce rainfall of up to 4-6 inches across the country which could lead to flash flooding and possible landslides.

NEMO and the national meteorological service will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Nana and provide more updates.

Associated heavy rains can cause flooding, washout roads, bridges, culverts, winds can damage homes, trees branches, power lines and poles, loose items can be blown about and storm surge can cause flooding, drowning and beach vessels not securely moored.

The next declaration is expected to be a Hurricane Warning (two red flag with a black centre flown one above the other) which means it is imminent that the Hurricane will make landfall on Belize within 24 hours.

Prepare, and move without alarm, scaremongering does more harm than good considering some people’s medical condition.

 “Do not panic Belize, we have faced tropical cyclones many times before, the bigger threat is COVID 19,  therefore, we must wear our masks, social distance and clean our hands and all surfaces on a regular basis,” NEMO reiterated.

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