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Posted: Friday, November 13, 2020. 3:29 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) are closely monitoring Tropical depression (TD) 31 in the Caribbean.

TD 31 is forecast to continue moving west south-westward through to tomorrow morning and then turn towards the west and then west-northwest later with an increase in forward speed.

Strengthening is expected and this system could potentially develop into a major hurricane before it reaches the coast of north-eastern Honduras or Nicaragua late on Sunday and Monday.

NEMO says that there is a lot of uncertainty in the track for this system after that time. Some models take it just north of Honduras while some have it making landfall and weakening.

In any event, this system has the potential to bring heavy rainfall and flooding over Belize in the coming week.

Flood conditions persist in the Belize District flood as the Belize River recedes in the west.

The receding water continues to flood the Belize River Valley and communities along the George Price Highway. Communities in rural Belize including Hattieville, Freetown Sibun, and Gracie Rock all the way down to miles 1, 4, 8, and 12 on the George Price Highway, are advised the floodwaters are rising and are expected to continue to rise.

Eight shelters remain open mostly in the Cayo and Belize rural areas.

All major highways are open.

 Spanish Lookout and Valley of Peace are accessible.

Bullet Tree bridge is open.

Calla Creek is accessible from the George Price Highway and through Bullet Tree village. The entrance to Benque and Succotz on the George Price Highway is accessible all the way to Arenal. The Low Lying and Iguana Creek Bridges remains impassable.

The Hammock Bridge in Calla Creek has been washed away. The Coastal Road is open but not to heavy vehicles due to the Manatee Bridge.

All are advised if you live along rivers and streams relocate to higher grounds.

 Assessments and relief operations continue in the west, south and eastern regions of the country.

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