National Emergency Management Organization http://www.nemo.org.bz/
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.
JULY 15, 2005.