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Aug 7, 2017

T/S Franklin to land tonight; Minister says ‘be on top of your game’

On the Phone: Edmond Castro

Tropical Storm Franklin, it’s the first weather system during this year’s hurricane season to pose a threat to northern Belize. The severe offshore storm continues it path, heading west-north-west at thirteen miles per hour with maximum winds of up to sixty miles per hour. With the National Emergency Management Organization fully activated since Sunday, efforts are being made to secure life and property in areas extending from Belize City to the Corozal District, including Caye Caulker and San Pedro. It is expected that T.S. Franklin will make landfall tonight in the vicinity of the Yucatan Peninsula bringing along with it up to three to six inches of rainfall.  In Corozal Town, a News Five team is presently on the ground and has received an update from District Emergency Coordinator Willard Levy. That report will come elsewhere in this newscast, but first we go to NEMO Minister Edmond Castro who has been closely monitoring the progress of the tropical storm and has deployed emergency management coordinators into the respective districts.


On the phone: Edmond Castro, Minister of NEMO

“Apparently the tropical storm is heading a little bit north, which means we still have to stay vigilant from Belize City, Belize District, Orange Walk and Corozal.  So we have, we are quite prepared and ready for, in the event, because this system is a wide system and it could throw a lot of rain, especially in the northern section of the country.  So our NEMO team is on standby and it the event that happens then we will be ready to be out there to assist those people in those communities.”


Isani Cayetano

“I know that the various emergency management organizations, DEMO and CEMO have been activated.  I also know that you have been liaising with these organizations to see what their state of preparedness is.  Can you speak for San Pedro or other outlying areas in the cayes and what have you?”


On the Phone: Edmond Castro

“Well we put out our advisory in San Pedro as well.  We have our team out in San Pedro that is capable and well prepared, Caye Caulker, San Pedro.  In Belize City we have the Belize District, we have the Orange Walk and Corozal districts as well up to speed and ready to function at a moment’s notice. I need for the residents to pay attention to the NEMO warning and to make sure that they stay safe, move away from flood prone areas and just be alert for this system might be impacting our area between eight p.m. and approximately twelve a.m. in the morning.  But a system like this can change at anytime so we don’t want to be caught unprepared in the event that, we know normally our people, they will move when they see the sky get dark and the rain and thunder and lightning, but most of the time that is not the case.  When you see that it is already upon us.  So pay attention to the NEMO advisory and make sure that we are on top of our game.”

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