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BREAKING: Lisa-imposed curfew from “dusk till dawn” announced in latest NEMO advisory

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2022. 12:57 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has announced in its latest advisory on Hurricane Lisa that, “A curfew will go into effect from dusk today until dawn on Thursday, 3rd November 2022. Only emergency and security agencies are allowed to be on the roads and streets during this period.”

As previously noted, a state of emergency will be declared for the Belize and Stann Creek districts from 3:00 p.m. today until the “All Clear” is given.

Lisa will continue on a general westward track today and make landfall in Belize in another few hours. Lisa is expected to maintain its current intensity or strengthen just a bit more before it makes landfall on the coast of Belize between Dangriga and Belize City (near the Northern Lagoon) later this afternoon. Residents across the country are reminded to be prepared as a hurricane warning is out for the entire coast of Belize.

Heavy rainfall from this system has already started to affect the country and that will continue for the remainder of today through to Thursday with amounts of 4-6 inches and locally higher values of up to 8-12 inches. This will result in flooding across low-lying and flood-prone areas of the country and flash flooding, especially over the south.

Winds of upper category 1 hurricane strength of 80-90 mph with a storm surge of 4-7 feet to the north of where the center makes landfall. Strong gusty winds will result in very rough sea conditions with large battering waves.

Residents are advised to continue monitoring this system very closely and to follow official information coming from NEMO and the National Meteorological Service of Belize (NMS).

In accordance with the Disaster Preparedness and Response Act to safeguard persons, employers are strongly urged to release non-essential staff so that they may make preparations to secure themselves, their families, and their property prior to the arrival of the storm. Employers must allow their staff adequate time to make final preparations.

Shelters are available countrywide including Belize City. Public Officers are to standby to report for your emergency management duties. Kudos to those already working hard.

The public is advised that borders will close at 2:00 p.m. today. Airports, water taxis, and public bus transportation have ceased operations. Movement on the highways today is to be kept to a minimum, essential services need the space to preposition assets and supplies.

NEMO’s emergency hotline is 936. Get ready to weather the storm in a safe place. Don’t panic, just be prepared!


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