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Posted: Monday, November 2, 2020. 2:22 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Services of Belize and NEMO are closely monitoring Hurricane Eta as it nears Nicaragua.

At this time, the Hurricane is about 85 miles east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Honduras/Nicaragua border.

NEMO says that there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the motion of the system after 72 hours.

There is a possibility that the remnants of Eta will track into the Gulf of Honduras on Friday where it could regain some strength.

Tropical cyclone watches or warnings are not required for Belize since landfall will be well south of Belize over Nicaragua.

The main threat to Belize is heavy rainfall, starting later today and tonight.

 Rainfall totals of 10-20 inches or higher is anticipated especially over southern Belize which is likely to cause flooding and landslides. Gusty winds are expected which are likely to produce large swells and damaging waves along the coast.

A flood watch is in effect for the Cayo, Belize, Stann Creek, and Toledo Districts.

NEMO urges all residents in Southern Belize to be prepared for flooding.

People living along rivers and creeks are advised to take heed.

 If where you are, is not safe be prepared to move to higher grounds, move away from streams and riverside.

DONT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

 People living in flood-prone areas are reminded to place food and valuable items out of the reach of floodwaters.

If your home is likely to flood, turn off the main power supply.

Do not remain in areas where latrines are overflowing due to the floodwaters.

Do not play or drive in floodwaters.

Farmers are reminded to secure their crops and assets.

Do not cross flooded creeks and rivers.

NEMO reminds that 6 inches of floodwaters can sweep you off your feet and motorists should not drive through floodwaters as it is dangerous.

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