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#516457 - 08/03/16 05:25 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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at 800 am EDT (1200 utc), the center of Tropical Storm Earl was located near latitude 16.3 north, longitude 84.4 West. Earl is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed during the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the core of Earl is expected to pass near the Honduras Bay Islands this afternoon, and then make landfall in Belize tonight or early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours, and Earl is likely to become a hurricane later today. Weakening is expected after the center of Earl moves inland. A NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft is currently investigating Earl.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center.

The minimum central pressure recently estimated by a NOAA hurricane hurricane aircraft was 989 mb (29.20 inches).

Wind: tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast of Honduras, including the Bay Islands, this morning, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. These conditions will reach Belize and Mexico within the hurricane and Tropical Storm Warning area by tonight or early Thursday. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin in the Bay Islands of Honduras later today and in portions of the Hurricane Warning area in Belize and Mexico tonight or early Thursday.

Rainfall: Earl is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches over portions of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico through Thursday night. Very heavy rain will reach the Mexican states of Tabasco and Veracruz between Thursday night and Saturday morning. Isolated maximum amounts of 16 inches are possible in Belize and Mexico. These rains could result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

Storm surge: a storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast of the Honduras Bay Islands, Belize and the eastern Yucatan Peninsula near and to the north of where the center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves.


Earl will impact parts of Central America and Mexico with heavy rain, gusty winds and rough seas at midweek. Earl could become a hurricane at any time on Wednesday, prior to landfall. The system will move along a general west to northwest path.

"The center of the system should make landfall in Belize during Wednesday night," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said. The risk of damaging winds, flooding and rough surf will extend well away from the center.

Once Earl begins to interact with land, especially the higher elevations of Honduras and Belize, the strengthening process should cease.


All interests in the western Caribbean should continue to monitor the track and strength of Earl. Bathers and boaters can expect building seas and an increasing risk of rip currents into Thursday.

"The biggest output from Earl will be heavy rainfall, which could top 12 inches in some locations," Kottlowski said.

The greatest danger to lives will be from flash flooding and mudslides.

Significant gusty squalls and heavy rainfall will spread westward across Honduras, northern Nicaragua, northeastern Guatemala, southeastern Mexico and Belize into Wednesday night.

Coastal areas of Belize, northeastern Guatemala and low-lying areas in the Mexico state of Quintana Roo, could be subject to coastal flooding and beach erosion. In addition to the threat of flooding, trees can be knocked over and power outages are possible.

The extent and severity of the rain and wind will depend on the strength of Earl at landfall. Flooding and sporadic power outages can occur even if a tropical storm or minimal hurricane moves ashore.

Once over land, Earl will weaken, but locally torrential rainfall and gusty winds will continue to spread westward over the region during Thursday.

Accuweather


#516459 - 08/03/16 05:54 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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The last flights off the island (Ambergris Caye) today to Corozal are Tropic Air 12:00 noon and Maya Island Air 11:00 a.m. All other flights for the rest of the day are suspended until the all clear is given.

The Thunderbolt Water Taxi will only have a ONE way scheduled ride for today Wednesday, Aug 3rd from San Pedro Ambergris Caye to Corozal at 7:00 a.m. (morning). The early morning departure from Corozal to San Pedro and the evening ride from San Pedro to Corozal have been suspended for today. For further information call 610-4475.

Bowen & Bowen will close all its branches countrywide today Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in preparation of oncoming storm.

NICH: Due to the impending storm, our offices in Belize City and Belmopan will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 3. We will provide an update as soon as we get the "all clear" to reopen.

Belize Electricity Limited advises the public that ALL BEL Offices countrywide will be closed today, August 3.
BEL employees countrywide are advised that they are NOT required to report to work today. Only staff with specific duties relating to the Company’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan are to report to work, as per instructions of your supervisor. BEL’s Toll Free Line 0-800-BEL-CARE (0-800-235-2273) remains accessible to the public.

The last bus runs will leave from the north, west and south at midday and from Belize City to north, west and south at 4p.m. Urgent /emergency last minute runs must be cleared with NEMO operations officer.

NEMO hereby advises the Government of Belize Public Officers countrywide that as of 10:00 a.m. this morning you will all be released in order to secure your family’s and homes. However, you must ensure that you secure your offices and equipment’s belonging to the Government before you leave. The release of essential services personnel will be done at the discretion of their Head of Department. Those who are working hurricane duties are advised that you must return to your respective stations on time.

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Ambergris Caye residents are lining up to evacuate island as Earl Expected to Make Landfall in Belize as Hurricane in the early night hours of Thursday. So far this is not mandatory.
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Photo by Ambergris Today

#516463 - 08/03/16 06:46 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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Crown Weather:

Tropical Storm Earl:
8 am EDT/7 am CDT Statistics:
Location: 16.3 North Latitude, 84.4 West Longitude or about 265 miles to the east-southeast of Belize City.
Maximum Winds: 70 mph.
Minimum Central Pressure: 989 Millibars or 29.20 Inches.
Forward Movement: West at a forward speed of 14 mph.

Earl is well on its way to becoming a hurricane as reports from reconnaissance aircraft suggests that the storm continues to strengthen. In addition, the satellite presentation of Earl also continues to improve and microwave imagery indicates that an eye is trying to form. So, I fully expect that Earl will become a hurricane by this afternoon and will make landfall in Belize and the southern Yucatan Peninsula as a hurricane late tonight. Please be aware that there is the possibility that Earl could approach Category 2 strength before making landfall. The reason why I think this is because it appears that the storm is slowing down in forward speed and this will lead to Earl spending more time over a favorable environment.

From there, a large upper level high pressure system over the southern United States is likely to steer Earl on a west to west-northwest path across northern Guatemala and southern Mexico on Thursday and possibly moving temporarily into the southern Bay of Campeche on Friday before finally moving inland into southern Mexico on Saturday.

Forecast Impacts Across Belize, The Southern Yucatan Peninsula & Northern Honduras:
Winds: Tropical storm force winds are expected to first reach the northern coast of Honduras, including the Bay Islands, this morning. Tropical storm conditions will then overspread Belize and the southern Yucatan Peninsula around midnight tonight.

Hurricane conditions with wind gusts of 100 mph are expected to begin in the Bay Islands of Honduras later this afternoon and then overspread Belize and the southern Yucatan Peninsula late tonight and then continue through a good part of Thursday. Winds are expected to diminish to below tropical storm strength across Belize and the southern Yucatan Peninsula by Thursday evening.

Rainfall: The impacts from Earl are expected to be severe across Belize, Honduras and the Yucatan Peninsula as rainfall amounts of 12 to 16 inches and possibly more will cause flash flooding and mudslides across Belize from today through Thursday night. Very heavy rain will reach the Mexican states of Tabasco and Veracruz between Thursday night and Saturday morning leading to flash flooding and mudslides.

Storm Surge: A storm surge of 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels are expected along the immediate coast of the Honduras Bay Islands, Belize and the eastern Yucatan Peninsula.


From a friend.... Trying to find out from Delta about flights... Can't reach anyone at the PGIA. The "security guard" is answering the phone saying to call back at 8. I finally managed to reach someone at the 225-2010 Delta number, they were not even aware of the airport closing in Belize. I mentioned that the website was saying that we could rebook the flights for after Aug 6th. This prompted the person on the phone to go searching for some type of bulletin, which he eventually found. With that he changed the tixx for me. Whew! No one on this end seems to know what's going on.


#516464 - 08/03/16 07:43 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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PGIA closes today at NOON.


#516466 - 08/03/16 08:22 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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From Belmopan...

Things are really odd this morning. I wonder why.!
The Surface wind is from the SW. The normal Clouds are from the WNW, completely opposite to normal and the Rain has been moving in from the NNE. This NNE brought in by that weather from Florida did happen, but not as much rain on land as I expected, north Belmopan got none, most now is off shore near Toledo going into Honduras, but there are still a few showers in any part of Belize presently.

TROPICAL STORM EARL centre is about 225 miles from Dangriga and its front about 160 miles away.
According to Wunderground weather :
Last Updated: Aug 3, 2016, 12:00 PM GMT Location: 16.3N 84.4W Movement: W Wind: 70.0 mph Pressure: 989 mb
Yes they say 70 mph and they are showing it as just becoming a Hurricane just before landfall.
They appear to be saying it has slowed down to 13 mph and strengthened maximum wind to 70 mph, so due to make its centre Landfall near Dangriga, around Midnight tonight.


Its front is now on the Belize long range (400km) Radar. But there is Very LITTLE Rain actually showing in that front area.

At present, today looks like a sunny day but with significant clouds and the odd chance of rain showers. But by midday, the situation will start to change.


Temperatures in Belmopan:
Today is probably going to be similar, to yesterday : Tue, max. 33°C 92°F Last night min. 25°C 77°F ( Coast usually cooler, hills even cooler )

Ambergris Caye:
https://www.wunderground.com/q/locid:BHXX0104;loctype:1
Belmopan:
https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=MD1029#history
Caye Caulker:
https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IBELIZED2#history



#516467 - 08/03/16 08:40 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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At 1100 am EDT (1500 utc), the center of Tropical Storm Earl was located near latitude 16.5 north, longitude 84.8 West. Earl is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed during the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the core of Earl is expected to pass near the Honduras Bay Islands this afternoon, and then make landfall in Belize tonight or early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. An Air Force reconnaissance plane is currently investigating Earl and will determine if the cyclone has reached hurricane intensity. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 12 hours or so, and Earl is expected to be a little stronger by the time it reaches Belize. Weakening is expected after the center of Earl moves inland.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) to the north and east of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure from an Air Force hurricane hunter plane was 989 mb (29.21 inches).

A NOAA hurricane hunter plane left Earl about 3 hours ago, and found that the cyclone was a little stronger. Since that time, the cloud pattern presentation on satellite has improved, and Dvorak estimates from TAFB and SAB suggest that Earl could be a hurricane. An Air Force plane just reached the cyclone and measured a central pressure of 991 mb with 26 kt from a dropsonde, but so far no hurricane-force winds. So, the initial intensity is kept at 60 kt. The only factor which could inhibit additional strengthening today is the interaction of the circulation with Central America, but nonetheless Earl is expected to increase a little in intensity before landfall in Belize early Thursday. After landfall, weakening is anticipated, and only slight strengthening is possible if the center of the cyclone moves over the Bay of Campeche.

Earl has continued to move generally westward about 12 kt. The cyclone is well embedded within the deep easterly flow around a strong and persistent high pressure system over the United States. This pattern should continue to steer Earl on a general westward track over Belize and Yucatan, and the latest guidance suggests that the cyclone will remain over land or very near the coast over the southern Bay of Campeche. The short time over water reduces the chances of re-intensification. The NHC forecast is similar to the previous one and follows the multi-model consensus.

Init  03/1500z 16.5n  84.8w   60 kt  70 mph
 12h  04/0000z 16.8n  86.6w   75 kt  85 mph
 24h  04/1200z 17.5n  89.0w   60 kt  70 mph...inland
 36h  05/0000z 18.0n  91.5w   30 kt  35 mph...inland
 48h  05/1200z 18.5n  93.5w   35 kt  40 mph...over water
 72h  06/1200z 19.0n  97.5w   25 kt  30 mph...inland
 96h  07/1200z...dissipated



BEL Advisory on Approaching Tropical Storm Earl

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) advises the public that there continues to be illegal and hazardous connections that threaten public safety. Therefore, there may be a need to disconnect power supply in certain areas of the country, due to hazards caused by illegal or improper electrical connections.

To safeguard lives, BEL has connected over 400 households countrywide, under the “Connecting Homes Improving Lives” program, since the flooding last year. The Company continues to encourage the public countrywide to apply to the program for safe and legal connection.

BEL also reminds the public that, in the event there is loss of power supply due to damages caused by the approaching storm, the Company will only dispatch crews to conduct repairs and power restoration works as soon as the “All Clear” is given and it is safe to do so.

BEL advisories are available via radio and television stations, Facebook and SMS notifications.

BEL encourages the public to report damages to the power system by calling 0-800-BEL-CARE (0-800-235-2273) or sending a direct message to BEL’s Facebook page.



#516469 - 08/03/16 09:26 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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Current Navy Track.....


Jeff Masters:

Hurricane warnings are flying for the coast of Belize, the southern portion of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and the islands off the north coast of Honduras, as a strengthening Tropical Storm Earl speeds westwards at 14 mph. The Hurricane Hunters did not find hurricane-force winds in Earl in a mission that departed from the storm around 8 am EDT Wednesday, but a new airplane arrived in Earl around 11 am, and will likely find that Earl is a hurricane by mid-afternoon Wednesday. Satellite loops on Wednesday morning showed Earl was steadily gaining in organization, with an increase in symmetry, low-level spiral bands and heavy thunderstorm activity. No eye was apparent in the visible satellite imagery, but we should see one appear before sunset on Wednesday. The outer bands of Earl were just beginning to appear on Belize radar late Wednesday morning.


Figure 1. Latest satellite image of Earl.

Forecast for Earl
The forecast for Earl appears straightforward. Earl is trapped to the south of a strong area of high pressure that will keep the storm moving on a track slightly north of due west at 10 - 14 mph over the next four days. This motion will bring the center of the storm within twenty miles Guanaja Island off the coast of Honduras near 4 pm EDT Wednesday, then to the coast of central Belize around 4 am EDT Thursday. Earl has favorable atmospheric and oceanic conditions for intensification: light to moderate wind shear of 5 - 15 knots, and very warm ocean waters near 30°C (86°F). These warm waters extend to great depth, providing plenty of fuel to power intensification of the storm. Typically, storms that approach landfall begin to undergo interaction with land that causes a slowdown in intensification or weakening. However, storms in the Western Caribbean often undergo intensification right up until landfall, due to the extremely warm waters with high heat content that lie along the coast. The topography of the coast in the right-angle bend between Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras may also act to aid intensification by giving storms more spin, as air gets deflected into a counter-clockwise motion by the high terrain ringing the ocean. This effect has been shown to exist in modeling studies of some storms in the Gulf of Mexico's Bay of Campeche, but has not been studied (to my knowledge) for the region along the coasts of Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize, though.

The main concern from Earl is its heavy rains. With rainfall amounts in excess of 8" expected over a swath of northern Honduras, northern Guatemala, most of Belize, and a chunk of Mexico, expect life-threatening flash floods and landslides. The storm's 4 - 6' storm surge will cause additional flooding along the coast near and to the right of where the center hits in Belize. Strong winds will also be a major concern. In their 11 am EDT Wednesday Wind Probability forecast, NHC gave Guanaja Island a 97% and 30% chance of experiencing tropical storm-force winds of 39+ mph and hurricane-force winds of 74+ mph, respectively. For Belize City, these odds were 94% and 17%, respectively. Earl is already a killer: high winds in the Dominican Republic associated with the tropical wave that became Earl brought power lines down and sparked a fire aboard a bus, killing 6 and injuring 12 people, according to weather.com. Three others were killed after a tour boat overturned, although that incident had not yet been confirmed to be weather-related.


Figure 2. Tracks of the approximately 80 tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes that have hit Belize since 1851. Image credit: NOAA/CSC.

Belize hurricane history
Belize is often struck by tropical storms and hurricanes. Approximately 80 tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes have hit Belize since 1851, but it has been five years since the last landfall by a named storm--Tropical Storm Harvey, which hit on August 20, 2011, with 65 mph sustained winds. Harvey's flooding rains killed five people in Mexico, but did little damage in Belize. The last hurricane to hit Belize was Hurricane Richard on October 23, 2010, which made landfall about 20 miles south of Belize's largest city, Belize City (population approximately 100,000--1/3 of Belize's population.) Richard hit as a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds, but was a small hurricane, with hurricane-force winds affecting a region of coast of no more than 20 - 30 miles wide. The hurricane killed one and did about $80 million in damage. The last major hurricane to hit Belize was Hurricane Iris on October 9, 2001, which made landfall in southern Belize as a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds, killing 35 and doing $250 million in damage.

Links for Earl
Belize radar
National Emergency Management Organization of Belize


Ministry of Health
Tropical Storm Earl
Press Release No 1.

The public is informed that the Ministry of Health Emergency Operations Center (EOC) headquarters, stationed within the Ministry of Health offices in Belmopan, will be activated at midday today, August 3rd, 2016. A team of health officers will be on a 24-hour rotation at the center to take calls and answer queries on any and all matters relating to health.

Contact information for the EOC Office is 828-4473, 822-2055(Phone/Fax line) and a cell number which will also serve as a hotline during this emergency, 629-5604.

A health representative will also be stationed at the NEMO Headquarters EOC office on rotation up until the all clear is declared by NEMO.


#516470 - 08/03/16 10:20 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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Heavy Rain is just about to be hitting Belize city and other coastal areas within the next few minutes. This is not the Earl storm, just a leading front.

NEMO ADVISORY NO. 8

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST OF BELIZE

NEMO hereby informs that at 9:00am Tropical Storm Earl was centered near Latitude 16.3°N, Longitude 84.4°W or about 189 miles east-southeast of Half Moon Caye, 231 miles east-southeast of San Pedro Ambergris Caye, 230 miles east of Dangriga, 236 miles east-southeast of Belize City, 271 miles east-southeast of Corozal Town, and 267 miles east of Punta Gorda Town.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast and Earl is likely to become a hurricane before it makes landfall. Earl is moving westward near 14 mph and some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours. On this track, Earl will MAKE landfall in Belize tonight or early Thursday morning. Earl will produce rainfall accumulation of 8-12 inches over Belize with possible higher amounts. These rains could cause flash floods and mud slides especially over higher terrain. For coastal areas, there is also a risk for flooding, especially in low lying areas.

NEMO is at Phase 3 – two red flags with black centers flown above each other, this means that Hurricane conditions are expected over Belize within 24 hours. We will experience strong winds blowing as fast as 70 or more miles or per hour, heavy rainfall; storm surge; flooding along the coastline; trees blown down; weak house and structures will be damaged or destroyed; loose objects will become projectiles, power outages and disruption to water. As the system approaches expect light winds, then heavy hurricane like winds, thereafter there will be a calm as the eye passes; thereafter we will experience very strong winds then the winds will get weaker and eventually die off.

The predicted path/impact areas are south of Belize City (southside Belize City) and north of Dangriga. It will move over Half moon caye; Long Caye; Middle Caye; Long Caye Turneffe; Gales Point; Mullins River; Silk Grass, Hope Creek, communities along the Hummingbird Highway, Pomona, the peninsula, La Democracia; Cotton Tree; More Tomorrow, St. Matthews; Franks Eddy; Valley of Peace Hattieville; Belize City; Belize river Valley; Ladyville; Lord’s Bank; Burrell Boom; Willows Bank; Rancho Dolores; Isabella Bank; Double Head Cabbage; Belmopan; communities along the George Price Highway , Spanish Lookout; Bullet Tree Falls. Shelters as required will be opened in those communities. Detail list to follow.

Sequence of expected approach for Tropical Storm Earl are as follows: the outer atolls will be approached at about 7:00 p.m. San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Belize City will experience it at about 9-11:00 p.m. with about 40 mph wind. At midnight we will begin to experience Hurricane force winds. By 1:00 a.m. hurricane force winds will be over Dangriga and Belize City, the centre of the storm will be over Belmopan area by 4:00 a.m. The Cayo District (western areas) will be affected at 6:00 a.m. and at 7:00 a.m. the western border will be affected. By 9:00 a.m. the winds should die off.

  • Government closed normal business operations at 10:00 a.m.

  • San Pedro Belize Express last run is at 11:30 am. No Chetumal run is scheduled.

  • Civil aviation closes at 2:00 p.m. today the last international flight is at 12:15 p.m., Municipal last flights are at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

  • The last buses will leave from the north, west and south at midday and from Belize City to the north, west and south at 4p.m. Urgent /emergency last minute runs must be cleared with NEMO operations officer.

  • Port Closures: Fort St Tourism Village is closed; molasses and sugar vessels closed down and moved to safe waters; Port of Belize is closed; Port of Big Creek is closed; Puma energy is closed. San Pedro and PG port are closed.

  • Mullins River and Gales Point will be evacuated this afternoon. Punta Negra has been evacuated yesterday.

  • Price gouging will not be tolerated.

  • Labour Matters: All employers are hereby advised that they are to comply with the directive (s) from NEMO regarding employees safety. In the circumstance an employee has the right to seek safety. Any employer who prevents and employee from leaving, commits an offense under the provisions of the Labour Amendment Act #3 of 2011.

  • Communications equipment, i.e. masts and antennae must be protected before landfall.

    Actions to be carried out by the public.

  • Listen to the advisories. Stay alert, take action. Make sure your emergency plan is in place. Stock up on food, water, medication and shutter your home, SECURE YOUR ROOF, WINDOWS AND DOORS.

  • As of 4 p.m. today you are very strongly advised to stay indoors and weather the storm. Seek shelter, move to higher ground away from the coast and low-lying areas. People in Bungalow, ground floor level building will experience flooding.

  • All are advised to pay keen attention and take the necessary actions to save life.

  • People who have livestock in low lying areas that are flood prone should move them to higher ground.

  • Parents are hereby urged to keep their children and family members who are on vacation safe.

  • If you live in a flood prone area and along the coast and your home is not safe you are strongly advised to move early to a shelter in your area. If you are going to shelter, know which shelter you will go to and how you will get there. Take along your food, water, medications, and personal hygiene items so you can survive and weather the storm for a few days.

  • Farmers in flood prone areas who have crops out in the fields that are close to harvesting should take action.

  • Mariners especially small craft must seek safe harbour /stay in port.

    NEMO urges all to protect their life. Listen to your local radio and television for further advisories from NEMO and the National Met Service.


  • #516471 - 08/03/16 10:29 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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    Water will be gone at 2PM until the All Clear has been given...get your buckets and containers full!!!

    Belize Water Services informs its customers in San Pedro that there will be an interruption in their water supply today, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 2:00pm.

    The interruption is necessary due to shutdown of the plant as we prepare for the approaching storm. BWS encourages residents to fill your storage containers before 2:00 pm. The Plant will reopen after the “All Clear” has been issued by NEMO.

    For more information regarding this or any other BWS release, please contact 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297).

    BWS encourages everyone to be safe from the storm.

    Hurricane Preparedness - Drinking Water Advisory

    Belize Water Services reminds the public to keep at least 3 days’ supply of drinking water in sealed containers as part of their hurricane preparedness.

    After the passage of any storm, normal water supplies may be affected, causing possible contamination. These may include BWS and rural water distribution systems, as well as individual wells and water storage tanks or vats.

    After the passage of the storm, BWS will monitor and test for any possible contamination within BWS’ systems. BWS will put out advisories should any portions of our systems be adversely affected. However, be aware that in these circumstances, communications may be limited.

    BWS hereby forewarns the public that if any water is suspected to be contaminated, it is strongly recommended to treat the water before drinking or consuming in any way. It is also recommended for persons in the rural areas that experience flooding and use well water to also treat your drinking water as it may not be safe to drink.

    You can make water safe by doing ANY ONE of the following:

    Either:

    · Adding 1 tablespoon of bleach (Clorox or similar product) to five gallons of water, mix completely and leave to stand for 30 minutes before using. Warning: Do NOT use bleach that is scented or colored. Or,

    · Bring to boil in a pot or kettle and let it boil at full bubble for at least one minute. Cool and use as needed. Or, · Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package.

    Warning: Water that is dark, has an odor, or has floating pieces should NOT be used for consumption, even with the above treatment.

    Caye Caulker: WASA WATER will be suspended from 12midnight until 6am tomorrow in Caye Caulker!!! Please make sure you and your family is equiped with enough water & food!!!

    The last boat leaving Caye Caulker to Belize City from the San Pedro Belize Express pier is at 12:30 today (Wednesday).


    #516472 - 08/03/16 10:39 AM Re: Tropical Storm Earl [Re: Marty]  
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    NEMO is at Phase 3 - Two red flags with black centers flown above each other indicates that hurricane conditions are expected over Belize within 24 hours.

    At 100 PM CDT (1800 utc), the center of Tropical Storm Earl was located near latitude 16.8 north, longitude 85.6 West. Earl is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed during the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the core of Earl is expected to pass near the Honduras Bay Islands this afternoon, and then make landfall in Belize tonight or early Thursday.

    Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. An Air Force reconnaissance plane currently investigating Earl has not measured winds of hurricane force. However, additional strengthening is forecast during the next 12 hours or so, and Earl is expected to be a hurricane by the time it reaches Belize. Weakening is expected after the center of Earl moves inland.

    Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) mainly to the north and east of the center.

    The minimum central pressure estimated from an Air Force hurricane hunter plane was 990 mb (29.23 inches).

    A NOAA hurricane hunter plane left Earl about 3 hours ago, and found that the cyclone was a little stronger. Since that time, the cloud pattern presentation on satellite has improved, and Dvorak estimates from TAFB and SAB suggest that Earl could be a hurricane. An Air Force plane just reached the cyclone and measured a central pressure of 991 mb with 26 kt from a dropsonde, but so far no hurricane-force winds. So, the initial intensity is kept at 60 kt. The only factor which could inhibit additional strengthening today is the interaction of the circulation with Central America, but nonetheless Earl is expected to increase a little in intensity before landfall in Belize early Thursday.

    Earl has continued to move generally westward about 12 kt. The cyclone is well embedded within the deep easterly flow around a strong and persistent high pressure system over the United States. This pattern should continue to steer Earl on a general westward track over Belize and Yucatan, and the latest guidance suggests that the cyclone will remain over land or very near the coast over the southern Bay of Campeche. The short time over water reduces the chances of re-intensification.

    Init  03/1500z 16.5n  84.8w   60 kt  70 mph
     12h  04/0000z 16.8n  86.6w   75 kt  85 mph
     24h  04/1200z 17.5n  89.0w   60 kt  70 mph...inland
     36h  05/0000z 18.0n  91.5w   30 kt  35 mph...inland
     48h  05/1200z 18.5n  93.5w   35 kt  40 mph...over water
     72h  06/1200z 19.0n  97.5w   25 kt  30 mph...inland
     96h  07/1200z...dissipated
    

    Navy Track...


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