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NEMO issues first advisory on Tropical Storm Lisa

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2022. 11:11 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Now-Tropical Storm Lisa continues to head toward Belize and is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall here, according to the National Meteorological Service of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

As of 10 a.m., Lisa was located 735 miles east by south of Belize City, moving west at twelve miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. The storm is expected to continue on a similar track for the next few days, passing Jamaica by later today, north of the northern coast of Honduras by Tuesday, and approaching the Belizean coast by late Wednesday with landfall expected late Wednesday or early Thursday morning, as a category one hurricane.

It means heavy rainfall starting on Wednesday and continuing into Thursday, with flooding in low-lying and flood-prone areas as the ground is already saturated. Winds of category 1 hurricane strength of 74 to 95 miles per hour are expected near the landfall location with a storm surge of 3-5 feet to the north of where the center makes landfall.

The public is advised to:

1. Put your family/emergency plan into action, and check your emergency food, water, and medical supplies. Check on the elderly and persons with disabilities.

2. Make early preparations to leave high-risk areas; voluntarily relocate to a safe location before the system makes landfall if you live in a low-lying area or vulnerable coastal community. Know which shelter you will go to.

3. Secure your home and your important documents. Secure loose objects and flammable material.

4. In the case of municipalities, clear drains to reduce flooding.

Expect potential issues with large tree branches, damage to power lines and the resultant effect on the water supply and sewage system, and falling debris that can strike people, livestock, and pets. 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.

Residents are advised to continue monitoring this system very closely and to follow official information coming from NEMO and the National Meteorological Service. Countrywide, all NEMO district emergency operations centers are to be activated by 6:00 p.m.

NEMO’s emergency hotline is 936. Stay alert, and be prepared. Stay tuned for the National Met Service weather bulletins and the NEMO advisories.

We’ll have more from a press briefing scheduled for later this morning.


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