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Aug 7, 2017

Keeping calm in Corozal

As we mentioned a news five team is currently in Corozal Town. Tropical storm Franklin is scheduled to hit north of Corozal, along the Yucatan coast in Mexico. Residents are prepared and our crew found that the town is rather calm. Reporter Duane Moody and cameraman Rick Romero file this report.                       

 

Duane Moody

In the next few hour TS Franklin will make landfall along the Yucatan coast, that’s north of Belize, we are currently in Corozal where there is literally a calm before the storm. The streets are empty, businesses closed down and residents are trying to get home and protect themselves from these 60mph force winds that are expected to take an effect ion Corozal. Even before this eventuality the NEMO district office has been activated and they are on the ground ensuring that there is safety for everyone and that there are no casualties.

 

Willard Levy, NEMO Coordinator, Corozal

“We held a meeting and we discussed what we are supposed to be doing. We opened six shelters, presently up to date nobody has entered into the shelter. Everybody is going to friends and relatives so far, and we will be staying up all through the night o see what’s going on with the weather.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir, the report said that we can expect about three to six inches of rainfall, we know that when it comes to flood waters, that translates into more than just that, what kind of precautions are you guys taking? Given that we have some low lying areas within Corozal Town and neighboring villages that we normally see flood.”

 

Willard Levy

Willard Levy

“At this point I am concentrated on the coastal areas and the shelters are open on the coastal areas and flood prone areas here in Corozal. So what we do is advise the general public, those who are in flood prone areas who are threatened by any low lying area to take head to safe area, go to their friends and relative or take the shelter that they may find.”

 

Duane Moody

“We see that a lot of business have actually closed down is that part of what NEMO had advised or what you guys have advised these companies to do?

 

Willard Levy

“Businesses are still open especially the grocery stores, they will be closing sometime around 8 o’clock tonight, that is normal working hours. But at this time right now in town everybody is operating on a normal basis. So far there haven’t seen any possible rains, we had about 5 minutes of rain today and at this point they are not really…they are prepared but they are just looking on and waiting and getting prepared.”

 

Duane Moody Reporting for News Five.

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