Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2020. 11:56 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nana.
Tropical Storm Nana was located about 240 miles east of Belize City. This position is also about 265 miles East-Southeast of Corozal Town, 229 miles East by South of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 240 miles East of Dangriga and 287 miles East by North of Punta Gorda Town.
Nana was moving to the west at 17mph with maximum sustained winds of 60mph. Some strengthening is expected and Nana could become a hurricane later today or tonight.
Nana is forecast to continue moving west with some decrease in forward speed today and then a westward to west-southwestward motion is expected tonight.
Tropical Storm Nana is expected to make landfall between midnight and 6am early Thursday morning over southern Belize as a category one hurricane.
Residents especially those southward of Belize City should be prepared for category 1 hurricane force winds between 74 and 95 mph. This system could also produce rainfall of 3-6 inches with isolated amounts of 8 inches over southern and central Belize which could lead to flash flooding and possible landslides.
Residents along coastal areas near the area of landfall should be on the alert for the possibility of a storm surge of up to 3-5 feet.
A Hurricane Warning (two red flags with a black centre flown one above the other) is declared for Belize City southward and a tropical storm warning for other parts of the country.
This means it is imminent that the Hurricane will make landfall on Belize within 24 hours.
The Warning is declared as the system direct path shows it heading straight for Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula and it can cause severe wind damage, flooding, storm surge, and drowning but only if the appropriate precautions are not taken.
The WARNING means the public must put their family emergency plan into action and to be prepared to seek safe shelter, (1) Avoid being near the coast if your home is not safe if you live on the cayes and along the coast be familiar with the evacuation routes. Know which shelter you will need to go to. (2) protect windows with plywood or shutters, (3) review your family emergency plan, consider all COVID 19 measures, (4) purchase non-perishable foods and water, if you can afford to. (5) Keep an extra supply of medication. If a member of your household is bed-ridden, seek medical advice. Notify authorities ahead of time if you have persons in your neighborhood that may require special assistance to evacuate due to a medical condition. (6) Secure your important documents and identification. Save the emergency contact numbers for NEMO, the police, fire, and medical facility in your cell phone. (7) Pets are not allowed in shelters, make plans for your pets, continue to trim trees, clear drains, and secure outdoor items. Farmers should make plans to move their animals to higher ground and stockpile feed when required.
All Emergency Operations Centre (Command Centres) countrywide are activated.
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