NEMO BULLETIN #6-HURRICANE DEAN
By NEMO Information Unit
Aug 20, 2007, 08:15 pm
BELMOPAN, 20th August 2007, 8:15 PM - NEMO hereby advises the public not to be fooled by the apparent calm which occurs when the eye of the hurricane passes over Belize. Please monitor your radio for the official ALL CLEAR before venturing out from your shelter or home.
NEMO advises the general public that the curfew has been extended up to 9 p.m. tonight to accommodate people seeking safe shelter only for residents in Belize City.
NEMO reminds the general public that the sale of alcohol is absolutely prohibited during this emergency. The consumption of alcohol in public places is also prohibited especially in designated shelters.
At 6:00 p.m. local time, the center of Hurricane Dean continues to move west ward near 20 mph. Hurricane Dean was located near latitude 18.2 N….85.1 W or about 209 miles east North east of Belize City, 189 miles east by North of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and 216 miles east of Corozal Town. On this track, Dean is expected to make land fall over the Yucatan Peninsula very early Tuesday. The southern eye-wall is expected to be over extreme northern Belize when hurricane Dean makes landfall over the Yucatan peninsula. Hurricane Dean is an extremely dangerous hurricane and has strengthened to a Category Five hurricane with winds of 160 miles per hour. The Government of Belize has extended the Hurricane warning to the entire coast of Belize.
Conditions are already deteriorating over Belize. North to North Westerly winds are expected to increase to hurricane strength in the north tonight producing very rough seas along with large swells. Wave height will increase to about 9 – 14 feet. We will get continuous rain tonight with embedded showers and thunderstorms. Rain could cause flashfloods and flooding.