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Sep 2, 2020

A Rush in Downtown Belize City as Residents Prepare for Impending Weather

Belize City is in the path of the storm which is projected to strengthen into Hurricane Nana. The Old capital was buzzing with activity this afternoon as residents carried out their last minute preparations to brace for the fast approaching storm.   Supermarkets were mostly crowded as Belizeans stocked up food items to carry them through. Some were taking no chances and were heading to higher ground. Others planned to weather the hurricane at home. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Traffic in the commercial capital and streets were backed up as residents headed around the city with last minute preparations in anticipation of the threat of Tropical Storm Nana. Motorists were filling up their tanks at the gas station as many have decided to leave the city for higher ground further inland. There were many others, cues of persons formed outside grocery stores and supermarkets across the city,  purchasing non-perishable goods as TS Nana is predicted to become a hurricane by the time it makes landfall somewhere along the coast of Belize.

 

Michael Theus

Michael Theus, Manager, J&W Supermarket

“We are packed. Persons have decided to get themselves prepared for the passing of the storm and I believe that many persons are just stacking up right now to ensure that after the storm has passed, they have adequate food. Most of them are buying things that can actually last because if we do have loss of power, those things are actually not gonna spoil with them. The storm basically ran upon us too quick so we didn’t have time to stock up some of our more basic items. Yes, our flour, sugar—we have those. I notice some of my cornflakes and other things on the shelves are running out and I can’t restock it right now. So those are actually going out. More of the staple things are flying off the shelf.”

 

Having a hurricane preparedness plan is always advised. Battery powered radios are essential to stay connected for periodic updates from NEMO or even flashlights in the case of power outage. While there are recommendations for residents to be alert and to stay informed, it is imperative that you do not panic. And that’s what Charlette Stuart is doing. She and her family will be weathering the storm at their home in the Fresh Pond area of Burrell Boom Village.

 

Charlette Stuart, Resident, Burrell Boom

“The preparation is not that traumatic as how people might want it to be. It is just getting yourself together, getting your necessities, making sure that you all your necessities at home—making sure that your children are fine, your family is fine, all your surrounding is protected and it’s just trying to make everything safe and everyone being safe at the same time.”

 

Charlette Stuart

Duane Moody

“You are weathering the storm at home or you are going to a shelter?”

 

Charlette Stuart

“We’re weathering the storm at home. Fresh Pond is safe; the grounds are safe. I just left from my workplace and that is safe as well. So we are not in that frantic type of mode because during this time it is not okay to be all scare and panicking. It is okay to be calm and make sure that you are thinking safe and make sure that if in the event that anything does happen, you have another place to stay.”

 

We caught up with Anita Domingo, a resident of Belize City, who says that she is not panicking, but rather believing in her faith; that she and her family will overcome this storm.

 

Anita Domingo

Anita Domingo, Resident, Belize City

“My preparation is not really special; just the usual routine and most of all, just the normal living style and have faith in God and I know with God we can move a mountain. So I believe in God; I have faith and hope and this is what people have to have. You cannot panic or whatever at this time. Just believe in the Good Lord and he will do what’s best for us.”

 

A hurricane warning remains in place for the entire country. Duane Moody for News Five.


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