NEMO Public Advisory # 7
TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
LOCATION: 17.8N 84.4W and EAST SOUTH EAST of BELIZE 250 MILES
TROPICAL FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARDS UP TO 125 MILES FROM THE CENTER
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 65 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT: WEST NORTH WEST AT 13 MPH
Hurricane Warning Red II is in effect for the entire Coast of Belize. Tropical Storm Ernesto has the potential to further stre
ngthen to a Hurricane later tonight.
Ernesto is expected to produce accumulation of 3-5 inches. These rains are likely to cause dangerous FLASH FLOODS. If you live in an area subjected to flood, NEMO advises you to be prepared to quickly move your family and belongings to safety.
NEMO will be opening shelters in the North for those who are evacuating and seeking safety at 12:00 midday. If you are going to Shelters take along FOOD and WATER. Public Officers must be ready to report to their respective shelters.
o The last vessel will leave San Pedro at 1:30 p.m. The harbour will be closed at 3:00 p.m. Small Craft should seek safe harbour. All vessels must remain in port. NEMO advises the general public not to go to sea. The swing bridge will be swung at 1:30 p.m.
o Business Companies and stores should be closed down at 1:00 p.m. today.
o The Coast Guard has been warning and encouraging people to move inland from the Cayes. This morning 176 people were evacuated from San Pedro. The UB Gymnasium has been prepared to shelter the evacuees.
o Areas of concern are: Hattieville, Western Paradise, Belize City, 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 Persons living in Coastal areas in particular are encouraged to put up shutters.
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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