NEMO PRESS RELEASE # 6
At 6:00am the center of Hurricane Rina was located near 17.6 N, Latitude and 85.3 W, Longitude or about 198 miles east of Belize. Hurricane Rina is heading west at 4 mph with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. Tropical Storm force winds extends out to 115 miles and Hurricane Force Winds extend out 25 miles from the centre. 2-4 inches of rainfall is anticipated. Rina is expected to become a major Hurricane within the next 24 hours. NEMO declares Phase III-Red 2 with effect 6:00 a.m. today.
Evacuation of San Pedro and Caye Caulker resumes this morning at 6:00 a.m. All vessels must remain in port. NEMO advises the general public not to go to sea.
NEMO assisted evacuation will be conducted for the Belize, Orange Walk and Corozal Districts.
Communities of concern in Corozal District that will be evacuated are:
Buena Vista will go to the CCC
Caledonia will go to the Cornerstone Presbyterian High School
Chunox will go to the CZL Town-CCC
Consejo will go to the CZL Town-CCC
Copper Bank will go to the Orange Walk Multipurpose Bldg
Fireburn will go to the Orange Walk-Multipurpose Bldg
Progresso will go to the Orange Walk-Multipurpose Bldg
Ranchito will go to the CZL Town CCC
San Victor will go to the San Narciso RC School
Sarteneja will go to the Saint Viator High School & Orange Walk-Multipurpose Bldg
Yo Chen will go to the Cristo Rey Nazarene Church Bldg
Communities of concern in Orange Walk District that will be evacuated are:
San Lorenzo will go to the Trial Farm Roman Catholic Primary School
Communities of concern in Belize District that will be evacuated are:
Bomba will go to the Maskall Community Centre
Boston will go to the Kings College Evangelical High School
Davis and Grace Bank will go to the Orange Walk-San Francisco RC School
Western Paradise will go to the Belmopan-Garden City Primary School
Free Town Sibun will go to the Belmopan UB Jabiru Bldg
Lords Bank will go to the La Immaculada Bldg 3, Orange Walk
Rhaburn Bridge will go to the Orange Walk, Carmelita Government School
St. Pauls Bank will go to the Belmopan-Garden City Primary School
Willows Bank will go to the Methodist Church & Belmopan-Garden City Primary School
Scotland Halfmoon will go to Belmopan Anglican Primary School & New Mennonite Church
There will be no evacuation of Belize City instead Shelters will be open as follows in Belize City:
Mesoptamia will go to the Grace Primary & Salvation Army
Freetown will go to the All Saints Pallotti
Caribbean Shores will go to the Trinity Methodist
Albert will go to the St. Ignatius Primary School (new bldg)
Lake I will go to the St. Martin De Porres
Port Loyola will go to the St. Johns Vianney
Queen Square will go to the Queen Square Primary
Fort George will go to the Pallotti High School
Collet will go to the Gwen Liz.
Pickstock (South) will go to the St. Martin de Porres
Pickstock (North) will go to the Holy Redeemer
Public transportation is expected to operate its normal schedule. The public will be notified of any intended disruption
Schools have been suspended for the entire Cayo District, Orange Walk and Corozal Districts including Belize District. School staff and management must report to school to prepare their schools. Public Officers must be ready to report to their respective shelters in Orange Walk, Corozal, Belize City and Belmopan. Shelters are expected to be open this afternoon.
NEMO continues to monitor Hurricane Rina which has the potential to further strengthen. STAY ALERT! STAY TUNE! TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTIONS AS ADVISED!