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Sep 1, 2020

What You Should Know About TS Nana and Hurricane Prep!

Ronald Gordon

While Belize is in the midst of a pandemic, it is now preparing to brace for a category one hurricane. Tonight the National Met Service is advising the country to take all necessary precautions and activate your storm plans.  Deputy Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon says that while it is important that you don’t panic, you must not take the storm lightly. He says that even a category one hurricane can do great damage as we’ve seen a couple years ago. Gordon shared some advice for Belizeans and what the rest of the country can expect.

 

Ronald Gordon, Deputy Chief Meteorologist

“I want to say that we should be very concerned about the storm – nobody should be letting their guards down when it comes to this system and that is the reason why we have a tropical storm watch and that is to be upgraded shortly. So, everybody should take this system seriously and based on what it was yesterday to today it showed us that it is a very determined system in terms that it overcame one of the odds which was that it was a very fast-moving westward movement. Although I mentioned yesterday that there were several factors that were favoring development such as low wind shear and that will continue and another major factor is of course the very warm sea surface temperatures in our area which is the fuel for these systems. So, there are several factors in favor for this system. One of the negative factors that could impact further intensification right now is some dry air in the mid level of the atmosphere that could basically be entrained in to the system, pulled into the system causing it to not strengthen as rapidly as it could have been otherwise. But that is not for anybody to let their guards down and say well I am staying it is not going to intensify as much. We should be look out for a category one hurricane and a category one hurricane can cause enough damage.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Although it’s going to make landfall along the coast, what kind of the conditions can the rest of the country experience – deeper inland, for example, in the west?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“To reiterate another factor about the coast, we don’t know exactly where on the coast the system will make landfall but wherever it makes landfall, north of that center is where the most effects of highest impacts will be felt and that will include the hurricane force winds and also possibility of storm surge with that system. So, coastal residents can expect storm surge, hurricane force winds and flooding due to storm surge and rainfall. We are forecasting of about four to six inches of rainfall possibly with the system. Now, when you move farther inland, of course the winds will decrease as you go farther inland however you can still have gusty winds all the way into the central parts of the country with possibility of damage to some structures and uprooting of trees and vegetations. But the main hazards from this system for those residents inland will be rainfall and flooding and the possibility of landslides in the mountainous areas.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“When we think about a category one – is there any hurricane from your knowledge that you can relate it to when we think of a storm that has hit Belize before?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“The perfect example is the last hurricane to have hit Belize which is Earl in 2016. Earl was a category one hurricane when it made landfall. So, residents should be looking out for that kind of damage from the system as well.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What’s your advice to the public right now – what should they be doing?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“First of all, the best advice is not to panic. We don’t want anybody to panic. That is not helpful for anyone. The second advice is do not panic but do not be complacent. Don’t sit there and say ‘oh I don’t think it will come here, it will go north or it will go south.’ There is a tropical storm watch for a reason and it is for you to raise your level alert. So, people should have their hurricane plan already and they should fine tune it now and they should start to activate that plan and persons who live along coastal areas and know that their residence they live in is not suitable to withstand category one hurricane, those persons should be thinking about where they will evacuate to or if they will got a shelter or family inland or somewhere else and make a plan already on what to do. People should be stocking up on the basic supplies they will need to survive through a hurricane and people should also focus on official information coming from NEMO and the National Met Service. Don’t listen to rumours and don’t be misguided.”


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