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#207326 - 07/16/05 05:16 PM NEMO ALERTS
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National Emergency Management Organization
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NEMO ADVISORY NO 1/2005


15 July, 2005 - Belmopan
On the advice of the Chief Meteorologist and the National Emergency
Management Organization, the Prime Minister Hon. Said Musa has declared
the preliminary phase of Belize’s hurricane plan to take effect as at 6:00
p.m. today (Friday, July 15, 2005) as Hurricane Emily moves slowly
westward in the Caribbean Sea toward the Yucatan Peninsula.


At 3:00 p.m. today, the center of Hurricane Emily was located near 14.7
degrees north latitude and 72.8 degrees west longitude, or just over a
thousand miles east south east of Belize City. Emily is moving toward the
west at 20 miles per hour.


This is a relatively fast movement, and consequently, NEMO’s advisory
committee, at a meeting held this afternoon, decided to advise the Prime
Minister that the Preliminary Phase of the national Hurricane Plan be
declared as a precautionary measure. This declaration will allow
residents, particularly those living in the offshore islands and the
coastal areas of Belize, at least forty-eight hours to prepare for
hurricane conditions if it becomes necessary.


Emily weakened during the day and maximum sustained winds are now 105
miles per hour. However, as it moves toward the western Caribbean, it
will intensify and could attain Category Three or Four status again.


Residents on the offshore islands are advised that as Hurricane Emily
moves toward Belize they could begin to experience tropical storm force
winds on Sunday morning; therefore, they should plan to move to the
mainland on Saturday.


Residents on the mainland should begin to take precautionary measures and
be prepared to take further action if a hurricane watch is declared for
portions of the country. This could occur as early as tomorrow, Saturday.


All operational committees of NEMO have been activated and are in a
state of readiness to take the necessary preparatory measures.


BELMOPAN
JULY 15, 2005.

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#207327 - 07/16/05 11:33 PM Re: NEMO ALERTS
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NEMO Advisory No. 2/2005

Belmopan - 16 July, 2005.
At 9:00 AM today, the Government of Belize issued a tropical storm watch for the coast of Belize from Belize City north to the Belize/Mexico border. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm force conditions are possible within the watch area during the next 36 hours. This was done as a precautionary measure.

At 9:OOAM the centre of Hurricane Emily was located near latitude 16.2 degrees north and longitude 77.3 degrees west. This position is 764 miles east of Punta Gorda, 729 miles east by south of Belize City, and 717 miles east by south of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Emily is moving toward the west north-west at 18 miles per hour and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. At this rate tropical storm force winds could begin affecting San Pedro at midday on Sunday and spread to Belize City, but considerably weaker, by 6:00 PM, eventually affecting the northern third of the country. Conditions would improve across Belize by mid-afternoon on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 145 miles per hour, making Emily a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricane force winds extend outward 70 miles from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 150 miles from the centre.

Hurricane conditions are not expected to affect Belize, but tropical storm force winds could affect northern Belize. As Emily gets closer to Belize, the area under tropical storm watch could be reduced. Nevertheless, residents living in the watch area are advised to make preparations for tropical storm conditions.

BELMOPAN
July 16, 2005.

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#207328 - 07/16/05 11:39 PM Re: NEMO ALERTS
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Belmopan, Jul 16, 2005 (NEMO) - Extremely Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Emily Strengthens Further as it passes South of Jamaica

At midday the Government of Belize declared Phase 2 or Red 1 of the Hurricane Emergency Plan for northern Belize. It covers that area north of a line extending westward from Caye Cauker to Lucky Strike and Crooked Tree in the Belize District and San Felipe and Blue Creek in the Orange Walk District. This includes San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and the entire Corozal District.

Residents living in this area are advised to prepare for tropical storm conditions, that is, winds of 39 to 73 miles per hour.

The tropical storm watch for the coast of Belize from Belize City north to the Belize/Mexico border remains in effect. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm force conditions are possible within the watch area within the next 36 hours.

At midday the centre of Hurricane Emily was located near latitude 16.4 degrees north and longitude 78.0 degrees west. This position is 717 miles east of Punta Gorda, 680 miles east by south of Belize City and 668 miles east by south of San Pedro, Ambergris.

Emily is moving toward the west north-west at 18 miles per hour and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. At this rate tropical storm force winds could begin affecting San Pedro at midday on Sunday and spread across northern Belize by 6:00 PM. Conditions would improve across Belize by mid-afternoon Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 155 mph making Emily a strong Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricane force winds extend outward 70 miles from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 150 miles from the centre.


Hurricane conditions are not expected to affect Belize, but tropical storm force winds could affect northern Belize. As Emily gets closer to Belize, the area under tropical storm watch could be reduced. Nevertheless, residents living in the watch area are advised to make preparations for tropical storm conditions.

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#207329 - 07/17/05 08:52 PM Re: NEMO ALERTS
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Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for northern Belize

A tropical storm warning for the Northern half of Belize from Caye Caulker to the border with Mexico remains in effect as Hurricane Emily approaches. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area within the next 24 hours.

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#207330 - 07/17/05 11:04 PM Re: NEMO ALERTS
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3 pm NEMO message

Jim reports that the police have detained a few "bad boys" and solved
the burglary Friday of the town board office. Nurse Natalie was called
out to deliver a baby... Emily or Emilio? All is going very well. PLEASE
get kids out of water and off beaches! NO curfew but best to stay home.
Ferry still running until conditions deteriorate. No tourists allowed
back until storm is gone.

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#207331 - 07/18/05 04:03 PM Re: NEMO ALERTS
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NEMO Advisory No. 5

18 July, 2005 - Belmopan
6:00 a.m.

The National Emergency Management Organization has declared the all
clear or green phase for the entire country of Belize.

This means that weather conditions are now safe for the resumption of
normal operations. Those residents who voluntarily departed their homes
may now return.

At 6:00 a.m. the center of Hurricane Emily was located over the Yucatan
Peninsula near latitude 21.2 degrees north and longitude 88.9 degrees
west. This position is about 50 miles east north-east of Merida, Mexico.
Emily is moving towards the west north-west at 17 miles per hour. This
motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

Emily is expected to emerge into the Gulf of Mexico later this morning.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 100 miles per hour with
higher gusts. Emily is a category 2 hurricane and some re-strengthening
is expected when Emily moves back over water.

NEMO advise the public to exercise extreme caution when traveling on the
sea and the highways. Be on the lookout for heavy showers which could
result in flooding of low lying areas, including roads and bridges.

NEMO wishes to thank all those who assisted in preserving life and
property during the period when the country was threaten by Hurricane
Emily. NEMO wishes all those residents who were displaced a safe return
to their homes.

Belmopan
July 18, 2005.

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