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Re: Tropical Storm Ernesto [Re: Marty] #444156
08/08/12 06:34 AM
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Hurricane Ernesto Spares Belize, Slams Mexico

Hurricane Ernesto has spared Belize - the category one storm is expected to make landfall at Mahahual on the Southeastern Coast of Mexico - about 43 miles northeast of Chetumal in the next few hours with winds of 85 miles per hour.

Only minimal impacts are expected in northern Belize as the strongest winds are concentrated north of the eye - which will make landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The strongest effects are currently being felt in San Pedro where that town is presently reporting a storm surge of two feet presently

So we're not at the all clear yet; not nearly. At 6:00 pm, the storm was moving west north west at 18 miles per hour and is currently 65 miles east of Chetumal with hurricane force winds extending 45miles out.

According to our calculations it is 80 miles northeast of San Pedro - so they should be experiencing Tropical Storm Force winds. It is 100 miles northeast of Belize.

Our news team was in Corozal today - and we'll have the story on what has been happening there a little later on.

But since noon today - most of the country has been at a standstill - after an extraordinary declaration by NEMO. The advisory sent at 8:30 am said, quote, "Business Companies and stores should be closed down at 1:00 p.m. today." It did not specify what part of the country it applied to, the memo just gave the order that everything should close down - so from Corozal to Toledo - the country went into a kind of Hurricane Holiday.

Sure, they needed the extra time in Corozal, but in Toledo? Probably not at all.

But that's how it been, most of the country like Albert Street in Belize City has been shuttered down all afternoon. Stay tuned for more on Hurricane Ernesto coming up later in the news.

Channel 7


Re: Tropical Storm Ernesto [Re: Marty] #444157
08/08/12 06:36 AM
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Storm Seasoned Residents of Corozal Get Ready For Ernesto

Right now Corozal should be experiencing the first hints of Tropical Storm force winds - but the mayor told is just now its overcast, drizzling and there's only a slight breeze.

Hurricane Ernesto is headed for Mahahual - northeast of Chetumal, but the closest point to that in Belize is Corozal, so as the storm approaches land, Corozal town and outlying communities continue to vigilantly monitor its progress and weigh what their next move should be - that is, if they need to make any moves as all.

7News went to Corozal to see just how seriously the residents were taking the storm.

Here's what we found out:

Daniel Ortiz reporting
Hurricane Ernesto is currently projected to pass over Southern most areas of Mexico, but the entire district of Corozal is taking no chances.

The Residents were busy securing their homes in the event that the storm makes an unexpected shift.

Mayor Hilberto Campus - Vice-Chair, NEMO Corozal
"The municipality, the town council itself has its own emergency plan that is already in effect. You can see that the town hall is fully secure from early this morning. The employees have been release to take care of their homes. In general we have been warning the people to keep an eye - a close look at the storm. We have been monitoring - we had a meeting this morning at 10am and basically the biggest challenge would be the district itself - the areas of Sarteneja, Copper Bank, Chunnox, Consejo which are the flood prone areas. All our committees and all the different groups are in full action and are ready and aware, it's just a matter of waiting and see the direction of the storm and how quickly we would have to evacuate certain areas."

Daniel Ortiz
"Sir, what sort of plan of action you guys have for those areas you spoke about which are prone to flooding?"

Mayor Hilberto Campus - Vice-Chair, NEMO Corozal
"Well we have like I mention all the different committees are in action and full awareness. We have the different transportation committee that would be taking care of the transportation of these people that will be affected, again like I mention Sarteneja is one of the areas that we are mostly looking at. Different areas that will be required to allocate people - to evacuate people - shelters will be open, transportation and all the different committees are in place and again it's just a matter of time. As you can see it's barely raining here in Corozal. However we are keeping a close eye and look at the direction that this storm will be taken. The way we see it any direction it takes, it will be affecting those specific areas."

Willard Levy - District Coordinator, NEMO Corozal
"At this moment all we are trying to do is make sure that we have our shelters ready. In terms of the shelter - we have 11 shelters that will be open at 2pm. These shelters are focused more into the coastal areas and the flood prone areas, for example, we have Sarteneja, Chunnox, Copper Bank, Progresso and in inland we have Ranchito, Calcutta, San Narciso, San Roman and Libertad. Those areas are flood prone, apart from Corozal Town which has some low laying areas which are flood prone. So those are the areas we are focus more into getting people into a safer place."

Because the location of the storm, its strength, and its behavior, the officials are more concerned about the rain and flooding, than the wind.

Mayor Hilberto Campus - Vice-Chair, NEMO Corozal
"The way and the direction it is going it doesn't seem like the breeze will be our problem but the amount of rainfall that will be coming along or behind this storm - even the storm will be passing north of Chetumal which will be by Mahahual if the path continues the amount of rainfall that will be coming or the different things that will be affecting will be basically the flooding."

Willard Levy - District Coordinator, NEMO Corozal
"Corozal is the only district that is still in the woods in respect of the storm. However we are noticing the projected path that it is moving and it is climbing gradually which gives us a little relief even though we cannot underestimate the storm, it can always make a down turn. But even so if it continues its path we are still going to get a little impact of tropical storm winds maybe not as hard but it's something that will be probably effected to some people. It's more or less a tropical storm situation that we are looking at."

With All the preparations that NEMO is making, are the people truly concerned?

Daniel Ortiz
"Based on your interactions with the members of the Corozal community, did they give you the sense that they are taking this storm seriously?"

Mayor Hilberto Campus - Vice-Chair, NEMO Corozal
"Most definitely, here in Corozal Town itself it's not as bad as the different areas of the villages like I mention. But people in Corozal Town are well prepared. There are certain areas that will be requiring evacuation in case of flooding, but it's minimal."

"The biggest challenge is the district itself, the villages like I mention. I keep mentioning Sarteneja, so it's very important for these people to be well aware of the situation and in the need of leaving the villages then they will be required to do so and we will be required to allocate these people."

Daniel Ortiz
"I know that you probably have a couple of members of NEMO on the ground and surveying the situation, how has your interaction been with the community of Corozal? Are they taking this storm seriously?"

Willard Levy - District Coordinator, NEMO Corozal
"Not in terms of seriously but we have a few people that are starting to get ready. We made announcements from yesterday after we activate it to start to get ready, prepare yourselves for this storm that is coming on. It's a thing that people just look on. They are monitoring the progress of the storm and today people are well verse on the movement of the storm. They listen to NEMO but you have some other people that really need the assistance and those are the ones that we are more focusing to assist."

"In an overview, people are getting ready on a timely basis. They are doing their own purchasing They are doing their own securing of their houses and everything but on a slow pace. But they are doing it gradually."

As a part of its preparation, NEMO sent out a directive that all businesses in Corozal must close to allow employees to secure their homes and families.

It is hard to tell if it is because of the forecasts for Ernesto, or the usual misplaced excitement in the hurricane season, but the owners of the Princess Hotel and Casino adjoining the freezone refused to comply with the order.

Reliable reports to 7News are that this is serial behavior of lack of cooperation from this establishment. Sure enough, Corozal police were dispatched to force them to comply.

But if the calm of the Corozal Bay is any indication, they will be able to resume business tomorrow without incident.

NEMO Corozal opened several hurricane shelters, but up until 3 p.m. when our news team left, no one had taken refuge. We just called him again - and he informs us that five families have taken shelter.

Channel 7


Re: Tropical Storm Ernesto [Re: Marty] #444158
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Ernesto Forces Tourists To Cut Vacay Short

For the outlying islands NEMO encouraged a non-mandatory evacuation of San Pedro and Caye Caulker for residents who were concerned about their safety.

That didn't amount to too many folks because - storm seasoned as we all are - most people wait for the storm's last shift to make a decision.

But we did catch up with a few tourists who cut their Vacations short. Here's what they told us at the water taxi terminal today:..

Tourist #1
"We just ask the lady who was managing the place we were at and we talk. We went to the police station - they had information there and they said that some type of NEMO meeting that was supposed to happen last night. Then this morning was when the whole evacuation happens. Nobody knock on our door, we already knew we were going to leave early. The lady next to us on Caye Caulker - she was nice enough to come by and told us that we should leave because the last ferry is leaving at 1 o' clock. The locals knew what was going on."

Geovanni Brackett, reporter
"How will this impact your vacation?"

Tourist #1
"It will cut short by 2 days."

Tourist #2
"We were here for 2 days and hear that the hurricane is coming soon, so as you can see we ran away because we are afraid."

Amy Binstead, tourist
"It's really hectic getting off the island and there was like a queue of people down at the pier fighting to get onboard, some pushing and then one of the boat broke down and so we were loaded on to another boat."

Geovanni Brackett, reporter
"Did the notice of an intended storm have any scare or any frightening impact on you all?"

Amy Binstead, tourist
"The locals were really calm about it. They were saying don't worry, like don't let it scare you, it's exciting, you should stay but we like probably if we got an option we would choose not to be in a hurricane."

Geovanni Brackett, reporter
"The evacuation process - was it organized enough for you all?"

Amy Binstead, tourist
"No, we didn't really know what was going on and it was just kind of stand there and wait for them to tell you which boat to get on and the we would get on it and they were like 'you're not going on this boat now, get back off, you're going on that boat.' So yeah, not particularly organized."

It was a non-mandatory evacuation, so busses were not waiting to take persons to higher ground.

We'll have more on the hurricane later on in the news.

Channel 7


Re: Tropical Storm Ernesto [Re: Marty] #444167
08/08/12 07:33 AM
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VIDEO: Hurricane Ernesto in San Pedro


San Pedro Prepares

San Pedro preps as evacuations are underway. Ambergris Caye, Belize


Belize Coast Guard

Belize Coast Guard aboard " The 370 Justice" standby on alert in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye




Coastal Xpress Last Run To Town

Final Private Run of the Coastal Xpress From North back South to San Pedro, here's a look a the ride.




U.S. Tourist Evacuation From North AmbergrisCaye

Safety of our island guests.




San Pedro residents evacuate inland while others move to shelters

Close to a thousand residents and tourists evacuated the island of Ambergris Caye today, a majority of whom left San Pedro Town by noon to seek shelter on mainland Belize.  Water taxis ferried passengers from San Pedro and Caye Caulker to Belize City as Tropical Storm Ernesto, later upgraded to a category one hurricane, made its way north towards the Yucatan Peninsula.  While hundreds fled during the exodus this morning, the island-based arm of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) wasted no time conducting preliminary assessments of the island prior to the passage of the weather system.  Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia, a member of the NEMO committee, as well as Daniel Guerrero, Mayor of San Pedro, embarked on a brief tour along with several councilors before effecting a curfew which begins at ten o’clock tonight.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Member of NEMO Committee

“The purpose of the tour is to assess how everything is at the moment so that at the end of the weather we can identify exactly what went wrong, what happened. And that is what here and the councilors and myself decide to do at this point. We have seen at the beach a little early that there has been quite a bit of erosion. We have taken some precaution as from yesterday with the boats, travelling from twelve today, the bars were asked to close; no alcohol is being sold at the moment. And tonight at ten, everybody is asked to stay off the street. Anyone that doesn’t have a valid reason to be on the street will be picked up and taken to the station until tomorrow.”

Jorge Aldana

“Mister Mayor over a thousand persons evacuated; do you think that the island is ready for whatever might happen between six o’clock and six tomorrow morning?”

Daniel Guerrero, Mayor of San Pedro

“Yes I think so because the hurricane is category one and the island is prepared. The people have been advised; we have been working and the NEMO has been cooperating and advice has been coming out since yesterday and I see people really cooperating on both of our… people have been calling with concerns on this or the other. People are cooperating with NEMO and the council.”

Jorge Aldana

“So would you say that the necessary preparations were made in terms of people protecting their lives and property?”

Daniel Guerrero

“Yes, yes. I see a lot of people boarding out their houses, taking care of their vehicles, boats. Everything, I think people are prepared.”

Five shelters were opened at two p.m.—the San Pedro High School, the New Horizon, the Evangelical Church, the Living Word and the Shalom Adventist.

Channel 5


Re: Tropical Storm Ernesto [Re: Marty] #444173
08/08/12 07:58 AM
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Ernesto hits the Yucatan with 85 mph winds
Jeff Masters

12:23 PM GMT on August 08, 2012

Ernesto is tropical storm again, after making landfall Tuesday night at 11 pm EDT just north of the Belize/Mexico border as a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds. We have few good weather observations near the landfall location, though an automated weather station on Banco Chinchorro Island just off the coast of Mexico reported a minimum pressure of 979.4 mb. A personal weather station at the Margarita del Sol Costa Maya Resort recorded sustained winds of 42 mph, gusting to 49 mph, and a pressure of 988 mb in the west eyewall of Ernesto before the station failed. No other weather stations were in the eyewall, and we did not have a hurricane hunter aircraft in the storm at landfall to measure the winds, due to technical issues. Belize radar shows that Ernesto's eyewall has collapsed, but the storm has remained well-organized during its passage over the Yucatan Peninsula. Infrared satellite loops show that Ernesto's heavy thunderstorms are mainly affecting Mexico.


Figure 1. Hurricane Ernesto at 10:45 pm EDT August 7, shortly before landfall. Image credit: Belize National Meteorological Service.


Figure 2. True-color MODIS image from NASA's Terra satellite of Tropical Storm Ernesto, taken at 12:15 pm EDT August 7, 2012. At the time, Ernesto had top winds of 65 mph. Image credit: NASA.

Forecast for Ernesto
Both radar and satellite loops show that Ernesto had a south of due west (260°) motion this morning, and it is no longer clear if the storm will re-emerge over the ocean on the west side of the Yucatan Peninsula. Even if Ernesto does move out over water again, it will be very close to the coast, limiting intensification potential. The official NHC forecast still calls for Ernesto to attain Category 1 hurricane strength over the Bay of Campeche. Ernesto's main threat will be heavy rainfall threat in the mountainous regions along its path through Mexico.


Re: Hurricane Ernesto [Re: Marty] #444175
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NEMO Public Advisory # 10A
TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO


TIME: 6:00 A.M.
LOCATION: 18.8N 89.8W
TROPICAL FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARDS UP TO 160 MILES FROM THE CENTER
PRESENT MOVEMENT: WEST NORTH WEST 97 MILES OF COROZAL
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 60 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT: WEST NORTH WEST AT 15 MPH

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for North of Belize City to the Mexican Border including San Pedro, and Caye Caulker, Orange Walk and Corozal Districts.

NEMO has declared an “ALL CLEAR” for the Southern part of the country from the Toledo Districts up to and including Belize City.

The Phillip Goldson International Airport and all other Municipal airstrips remain operational, except for Corozal, Sarteneja, San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Tower Hill Municipal airstrips which are closed until further notice.

Re: Hurricane Ernesto [Re: Marty] #444176
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Pics from this morning.....

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5.45am...rainy and WINDIER than last night. No power ever lost during the night.

CLICK FOR MORE PICS from San Pedro Scoop

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Heavy rain and very strong wind right now. Coming in from ESE.
Not safe to go outside - drat, am getting cabin fever.

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I'm with you Diane.....


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