NEMO Public Advisory # 6 TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
LOCATION: 16.5N 82.1W and EAST SOUTH EAST of BELIZE 415 MILES
TROPICAL FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARDS UP TO 125 MILES FROM THE CENTER
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 65 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT: West North West at 12 MPH
Hurricane Warning Red II is still in effect for the entire Coast of Belize. Tropical Storm Ernesto has the potential to further strengthen to a Hurricane later tonight. Ernesto is expected to produce accumulation of 4-6 inches.
NEMO will be opening shelters for those who are evacuating and seeking safety at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
o Public Officers must be ready to report to their respective shelters.
o Small Craft should seek safe harbour at the end of today or tomorrow morning at the latest. The Coast Guard has been warning and encouraging people to move inland from the Cayes.
o Those persons who are capable of leaving the Cayes on their own are advised to voluntarily evacuate! If you are going to Shelters take along food and water. Areas of concern are: Gales Point and Mullins River, Belize City, Hattieville, Western Paradise, Lord’s Bank, Ladyville northwards to Sand Hill and Maskal. Rural areas in Orange Walk and Corozal Districts including: Bomba, Progresso, Copper Bank, Chunox up to Sarteneja.
o Your emergency / Hurricane Plan must be placed into action
o If you live in an area subjected to flood, NEMO and the Met Office advises you to be prepared to quickly move your family and belongings to safety.
o Persons living in Coastal areas in particular are encouraged to put up shutters.
Tomorrow additional public transportation will be made available by the bus operators to assist the public moving inland.
NEMO remains on full alert as it continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ernesto.
Stay Tuned for further advisories from NEMO and the National Meteorological Service.
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