Screen_Shot_2016-08-01_at_7.58.39_PMTonight all eyes are on a low-pressure weather system that lurks in the central Caribbean which is expected to make landfall in Belize by Wednesday morning. As of today the National Meteorological Service and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) have issued four advisories about the low pressure tropical wave that is fast approaching the jewel. Today, Angelie Aqualles from the National Meteorological Service of Belize gave us an update on what the country should expect from current weather forecasts.

 

Angelie Aqualles – National Meteorological Service of Belize


“Right now it is still a Tropical Wave and it is associated with a low pressure right now, as it heads toward Belize it has the chance of becoming a storm or a depression, right now we are forecasting that it might reach Belize by Wednesday morning but it can intensify as it moves westward but it could become a depression or a storm or a hurricane.”


The tropical wave is expected to intensify in the coming hours and is expected to be upgraded to a tropical storm later today and as it fast approaches Belize, residents of the North as well as in most parts of the country should expect heavy rains as well as strong winds.


Angelie Aqualles – National Meteorological Service of Belize


“Be prepared and of course with a lot of rain in the low line areas people should be on the lookout for flooding with heavy rains and so on and then as I said you might expect some heavy gust or winds behind as the storm passes, just be careful of any lose objects in your yard.”


Belizeans are advised to remain alert and monitor the bulletins issued by the National Emergency Management Organization on this system.


Angelie Aqualles – National Meteorological Service of Belize


“Right now it is nothing to panic about and again should reach Belize or approach Belize by Wednesday morning so if people have time tomorrow they can start preparing.”


Residents should apply family preparedness plans at latest tomorrow evening as it is expected the Tropical Wave will make landfall in Belize on Wednesday morning. NEMO’s latest advisory is requesting that people on the cayes who feel it safe to leave the islands to do so on their own as a precaution for their safety. If you live in a flood prone area and along the coast you are strongly advised to move early. Residents and local authorities within their means, are strongly encouraged to clear drains to reduce the risk of flooding and to secure their families and homes. 

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