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As we told you at the top of the newscast today marks the start of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season and despite predictions of an average hurricane season, Corozal residents are being told there could be more hurricane activity after the month of August since the El Nino phenomenon conditions will evolve.

Willard-LevyWillard Levy - District Coordinator for NEMO Corozal

“It is considered that this year it will be something like an average to above average hurricane season, everybody is looking forward for heavy rains due to the extensive heat that we have but it was forecasted that we are going to have in the northern part of the country some extreme drought and this is what we are experiencing right now but as far as what se ca see this is going on at least for the rest of this month we will be having this kind of weather, after the month of August we no longer have El Nino so we will be expecting much more activity any time after August for any possibilities of systems forming up more frequently than last year, last year we didn’t had any other than just rains.”

During the season it is important that Belizeans remain informed through both the national and local radio and television stations.

Willard Levy - District Coordinator for NEMO Corozal

“Normally the national radio station is the officially station that gives out the advices but we also use our local media houses to pass on the messages because on don’t listen to gossip, do not listen to people telling you something get the information first hand and that is through radio and television when NEMO is advising official situations of emergency people would tend to add but what we try to do is just give them the way it is and ask them to just to follow that advise, do not listen to the street side just listen to your official radio station.”

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. That’s six months of unpredictable weather hence why the public is advised to get equipped and not to wait until the last minute to take action.

Willard Levy - District Coordinator for NEMO Corozal

“Start to getting ready, in fact you have already should have been getting ready, hurricane season is just dated as from the 1st of June to the 30th of November but you should have already started preparing in terms of food, get all the necessary can food, make sure that it is long shelf life in the food that you are going to buy because you may needed any time up to November and if don’t have any storm which we looking forward you can always use that with your family so you don’t  loss it on that but prepare yourself don’t get off guard, stop wait for the eleventh hour, when you start to move around run around and then you find yourself in chaos, in traffic jam and all kind of gouging, that is when the stores stat to raise their prices, if you would already bought your items way in advance you wouldn’t have that problem but if you wait until the last minute you are going to suffer the consequences.”

The forecast for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season calls for 12 named storms, 5 of which could be hurricanes and 3-4 of which could be major hurricanes.

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