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Screen_shot_2013-10-02_at_7.48.05_PMDark clouds are in the horizon tonight particularly for the Northern part of the country and coastal areas courtesy of an area of low pressure over the North-western Caribbean Sea according to forecaster, Franck Tench of the National Meteorological Service of Belize.

 

As tropical storm Jerry moves over the central Atlantic Ocean at seven miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of forty miles per hour, here at home, Belizeans must start preparing for showers and thunderstorms in excess of two inches.

 

Forecaster Franch Tench says that while the trough of low pressure has become more organized, there is very little chance that we will be directly affected with winds. But the same cannot be said for torrential rains.


Frank Tench, Forecaster, NMS


“In respect to conditions, it will be generally cloudy tonight and tomorrow, some showers and a few thunder storms and lightening specially for northern and coastal areas tonight through tomorrow morning. The weather to expect the next day or so would be directly due to the influence of draft of low pressure which is currently over the northwest Caribbean and heading west, north-westerly direction towards the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, current rainfall estimates would suggest rainfall roughly in the range between 1 to 1.5 inches for northern coastal areas, maybe higher in some places perhaps reaching a maximum of about 2 inches in small areas but generally we are looking at rainfall between now and tomorrow morning.”

 

Irvin Aragon- Reporter


“Now, does this draft of low pressure have the possibility of turning into a tropical cyclone?"


Frank Tench, Forecaster, NMS


“Yes, however that would be more likely to occur once the storm emerges in the southeast Gulf of Mexico after Thursday with its current location, I don’t expect any significant development between now and tomorrow.”


While the system now has a high chance of developing into a tropical depression during the next day or two, Belizeans should be more concerned with the heavy downpour expected to affect Northern Belize since the ground is already saturated due to the recent flooding experienced by the Albion Islands and other low lying areas.

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