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Tropical Storm SELMA to send rains

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Tropical Storm SELMA to send rains - 10/28/17 11:07 AM

Tropical Storm Selma is creeping up from the south....

NEMO: TROPICAL CYCLONES ACTIVITY IN OUR REGION

NEMO and the National Met Service hereby inform the general public that as at 2:00 p.m., showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad Area of Low Pressure (93L) located over the north western Caribbean Sea are beginning to show signs of organization. The broad Area of Low Pressure (93L) has a medium to high chance of development into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form later today or Saturday as the system moves northward over the north-western Caribbean Sea before turning north eastward by late Saturday. The Area of Low Pressure (93L) is currently located east of Belize near 17.5 North Latitude and 84.5 West Longitude. The models are all in consensus for this potential system to moved northwards and then north-eastward away from Belize. It is currently moving slowly northward towards Jamaica, and Cuba, and is forecasted to continue track towards the Bahamas over the weekend. At this time the Area of Low Pressure (93L) does not pose a threat to Belize. Most of the heavy winds and rains are on the eastern side of the system, over the sea.

NEMO and the National Met Service are also monitoring Tropical Storm SELMA in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean. SELMA is expected to churn north-ward this weekend and to move over Guatemala and threaten parts of Central America with deadly flash floods. SELMA is expected to make landfall Saturday near the border of El Salvador and Guatemala. If the storm tracks farther to the west into central or western Guatemala, near to but not to cross over Belize, landfall may not occur until later in the afternoon or evening. While the warm Pacific Ocean may allow SELMA to become slightly stronger, its short time over these waters is expected to prevent rapid intensification. Flooding, rain and mudslides likely to threaten lives and property in parts of Central America, regardless of SELMA s strength.

However moisture ahead of this system will cause our weather to become moist and unstable giving way to an increase in showers over most areas but more so over central and southern Belize. As much as 4-8 inches of rain is expected over El Salvador and eastern Guatemala, of which some could affect central and southern Belize. There is a potential for flood in the south and other flood prone areas during Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Over the weekend, people, especially in central and southern Belize need to be prepared for possible heavy rainfall and flash floods. Also, historically around this time tropical cyclones have known to be unpredictable.

FLOOD TIPS: Keep drains clean. DO NOT swim and play in flood waters, fast flowing water six inches high can sweep you off your feet. People in low-lying areas are always advised, as necessary, to move to shelter in higher grounds. Stay away from rivers and streams. DO NOT attempt to cross flooded rivers. DO NOT touch electrical fixtures and equipment when in flood waters.Turn off power at the main switch box before your home is flooded. Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when driving in wet conditions, reduce speed, put on your low beam, and hazard lights. It is not advisable to drive through flood waters.



Pacific Storm to Dump Rain in South, Central Belize

The National Meteorological Service and National Emergency Management Organization are advising Belizeans to get ready for a wet weekend. Tropical Storm Selma in the south-east Pacific is expected to move north and make landfall on Saturday near the border of El Salvador and Guatemala or possibly in central and western Guatemala near to but not crossing Belize, giving way to an increase in showers over most areas but more so over central and southern Belize. The Met and NEMO say there is a potential for flooding in the south and other flood prone areas during Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, as of two this afternoon, a broad area of low pressure over the northwest Caribbean Sea is beginning to organize and has a good chance of developing into a tropical storm by Saturday. The good news is that that system, located east of Belize, is not expected to affect the Jewel as it is projected to move north and turn northeast towards the Bahamas.

As regards to potential flooding, NEMO advises that those in low-lying areas should move to higher ground if necessary and stay away from rivers, streams and all flooded areas. Do not touch electrical fixtures and equipment when in flood waters. Turn off power at the main switch box before your home is flooded. Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when driving in wet conditions; reduce speed, put on your low beam and hazard lights. It is not advisable to drive through flood waters.

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Tonight, NEMO is advising Belizeans to keep an eye on the weather this weekend - because there are two systems that bear watching. The first is a broad area of Low Pressure called "Invest 93L". The experts say it could become a tropical storm within the next 48 hours. Now, they stress "At this time the Area of Low Pressure (93L) DOES NOT pose a threat to Belize" and all the models say it will move northwards and then north-east away from Belize. Additionally even when it slides pass Belize, most of the heavy winds and rains are concentrated on the eastern side of the system, over the sea.

So, we should be pretty ok with that one, but there's also Tropical Storm SELMA which is in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean. SELMA is expected to make landfall on the Pacific border of El Salvador and Guatemala this weekend. NEMO warns that Flooding, rain and mudslides are likely to threaten lives and property in parts of Central America, regardless of SELMA's strength. Now, here's the danger to Belize: moisture associated with this system could cause an increase in showers over most areas but more so over central and southern Belize. As much as 4-8 inches of rain is expected over El Salvador and eastern Guatemala, of which some could affect central and southern Belize. NEMO warns that there is a potential for flooding in the south and other flood prone areas during Saturday night into early Sunday morning. NEMO says, quote, "Over the weekend, people, especially in central and southern Belize need to be prepared for possible heavy rainfall and flash floods."

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