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Sep 2, 2020

Met Service Warns that TS Nana Can Cause Some Damage

Ronald Gordon

With the possibility of the storm becoming a hurricane by the time it makes landfall – the National Meteorological Service warns that a category one can cause significant damage to the areas that are in its direct path – but that other parts of the country may experience some flooding and other impacts of this storm. Here’s more from Deputy Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon about what you can expect from this Nana.

 

Ronald Gordon, Deputy Chief Meteorologist

“There is a possibility that Nana could become a hurricane just before landfall tonight – a category one hurricane. If it does so, it could produce some damage especially to structures that are not well built; some toppling of trees without roots; it could also result in the downing of power lines which could cause some power outage. A category one hurricane has winds of seventy-four to ninety-five miles per hour which would cause those damages. Also we should expect this system to produce some rainfall of about three to six inches, with isolated maximum of eight inches. This could result in localized flooding and flash flooding across the country and especially we could expect landslide inland in mountainous terrain. Another impact from this system will be a storm surge of three to five feet just north of where the center makes landfall. So, people just north of the landfall position would be in the danger of storm surge. We advise the general public to continue monitoring this system and take it seriously because a hurricane is nothing to play with. Here we have some track of the different forecast models of where this storm could go and you could see the system has a spread from Belize City to Punta Gorda in the south. Therefore there are different models that are showing different possibilities and that is why we have that forecast cone with that level of uncertainty. Recent satellite imagery shows it in this mass of thunderstorm here that you are seeing – so the redder the color the colder the cloud tops and those whites are extremely cold cloud tops so there are deep thunderstorms associated with this system. The message to Belizeans is that make sure you have activated your emergency plan and you should be rushing to complete all your preparedness measures; evacuating from dangerous…updating you on this system.”


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