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Ministry of Agriculture advises farmers to take appropriate precautionary measures due to Tropical Storm Lisa

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2022. 1:30 pm CST.

Photo Credit: US National Hurricane Center

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) on Monday morning advised farmers to take appropriate precautionary measures due to Tropical Storm Lisa (TS Lisa).

The initial MAFSE message was posted on Monday when TS Lisa was still Tropical Cyclone 15. On Tuesday morning, MAFSE posted Advisory No. 1 on Tropical Storm Lisa issued by the National Emergency Management Organization which said that at 10:00 a.m. (Belize time), Tropical Storm Lisa was located about 735 miles East by South of Belize City and that by the time it makes landfall possibly on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, it is expected that Lisa will be a category 1 hurricane.

The NEMO advisory says Lisa “will bring heavy rainfall to the country starting on Wednesday and continuing through Thursday which will result in flooding across low-lying and flood-prone areas of the country as the ground is already saturated”.

“Winds of category 1 hurricane strength of 74-95 mph are expected near the landfall location with a storm surge of 3-5 feet to the north of where the centre makes landfall.”

NEMO advised everyone to put their family/emergency plan into action, ensuring that we have emergency food, water, and medical supplies and to check on the elderly and persons with disabilities.

NEMO also advised residents to make early preparations to leave high-risk areas and to voluntarily relocate to a safe location before the system makes landfall.

“Tropical systems can cause large tree branches to break and be uprooted. Damage to power lines will result in power outages that could last a few to several days, which may affect the water supply,” said NEMO.

“Sewage system failure is likely. Falling debris could strike people, livestock, and pets. Protected windows will generally make it through a hurricane without major damage

“Low-lying escape routes inland will be cut off by rising water 3 to 5 hours before landfall, and a flat terrain 5 feet or less above sea level can be flooded up to 8 or more miles inland,” said the NEMO advisory.

NEMO advised residents to keep monitoring TS Lisa very closely and to follow official information coming from NEMO and the National Meteorological Service.

NEMO added that all NEMO district emergency operations centers will be activated by 6:00 p.m. on Monday.

NEMO may be reached through their emergency hotline at 936.

 

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