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Sep 3, 2020

The Met Says Hurricane Nana was ‘Small and Compact’

Shanea Young

While the brunt of the storm was felt in the south, the rest of the country experienced some winds and rains and some communities, for instance in the north, report minimal change in weather conditions during the passage of the hurricane.  We asked Meteorologist Shanea Young if the storm itself was weak considering the extent of the damage is concentrated in one area. She says that it was a small and compact hurricane.

 

Shanea Young, Meteorologist

“It was a small hurricane and it was a minimal category one hurricane. Classifying it as weak, it depends on the impacts. Because if you live in an area that is not flood prone then maybe the impacts for your area might be minimal but for those who live in flood prone areas or for those whose housing might not have been strong enough, their impact would vary and so weak is relative based on your exposure and also your vulnerability to it. But in terms of the storm, it was a minimal category one hurricane and it was a very compact and small storm. Most of the significant rainfall and thunderstorm activity was located south of Belize City and in the general area of the storm. Also the extent of the hurricane and also tropical storm force winds didn’t extend out much farther from the center. It was around seventy miles from the center. So, it was a very small and compact storm hence the reason other areas such as the north didn’t experience significant wind and also rainfall from the passage of the hurricane.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What kind of weather conditions did other parts of the country experience?”

 

Shanea Young

“Most parts of the country experienced gusty winds, off and on. And rainfall varied across the country. The northern parts of the country received the least rainfall while some central and mostly southern areas received majority of the rainfall. Unofficially, based on our automatic weather stations, the Corazon Village in the Toledo District received five point six inches of rainfall or one hundred and forty-two point two millimeters. And the second highest was reported in Blue Creek, again in the Toledo District, with four inches of rainfall between yesterday and so far today.”


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