Posted: Monday, October 31, 2022. 7:49 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in its second advisory this evening on Tropical Storm Lisa said it would open shelters as needed on Tuesday evening as the storm approached.
According to NEMO, “Maritime ports around the country are scheduled for closure on Wednesday. Shelters will be opened as needed from Tuesday evening. Schools will be closed on November 1, 2022, as the country prepares for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Lisa.”
As of six p.m. Lisa was located 630 miles east-southeast of Belize City, moving west at 14 miles per hour and carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. Lisa is to continue on a general west to west-north-westward track for the next few days. On this forecasted track, the center will pass south of Jamaica tonight, south of the Cayman Islands on Tuesday, then move near or over the Bay Islands of Honduras early on Wednesday, and approach Belize later on Wednesday. Strengthening is expected and Lisa is expected to be a category 1 hurricane by landfall on Wednesday evening.
Belize remains under a hurricane watch, as the system will bring heavy rainfall with amounts of 3-5 inches and locally higher values of up to 8 inches starting on Wednesday and continuing through Thursday, which will result in flooding across low-lying and flood-prone areas of the country. Winds of category 1 hurricane strength at 74-95 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. Wind effect is likely to be felt throughout most areas of the country.
NEMO continues to advise the public to begin action on the family and emergency plans, including checking food, water, and medical supplies, support for the elderly and persons with disabilities and making early preparations to leave high-risk locations, relocating before landfall in low-lying areas and vulnerable coastal communities. Also, secure your home and your important documents, loose objects, and flammable objects, and store water. Know which shelter you will go to in advance.
Residents are advised to continue monitoring this system very closely and to follow official information coming from NEMO and the Met Service. Countrywide, all NEMO district emergency operations centers are activated.
NEMO’s emergency hotline is 936. Stay alert, and be prepared. Stay tuned for the National Met Service weather bulletins and the NEMO advisories.
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