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Oct 6, 2020

Hurricane Delta – a Category Four – Heads to Mexico!

The Yucatan Peninsula is bracing for a major hurricane. Hurricane Delta is a now a category four storm expected to direct impact with Cancun and Cozumel.  According to meteorological reports, this is the second strong storm of the year in the Atlantic basin and the storm may strengthen before it makes landfall in the early hours of Wednesday morning. This afternoon we spoke with Acting Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon about this intense hurricane and what it means for Belize. Gordon says there may be minimal impacts such as some gusty winds and rains concentrated in the north – but otherwise all indications are that Belize will be spared the wrath of this major hurricane. Here’s more from Gordon.

 

On the Phone: Ronald Gordon, Acting Chief Meteorologist

“As of midday today, Category Four Hurricane Delta was centered near latitude eighteen point five degrees north, longitude eighty-three point five degrees west or about two hundred and fifty miles east-south-east of Cocopele Mexico. Delta was moving to the west-north-west at sixteen miles-per-hour with maximum, sustained winds of one hundred and forty miles per hour. The forecast is for Delta to continue moving on a west-northwestward track and on that projected track Hurricane Delta should make landfall as a major hurricane on the north eastern Yucatan peninsula near Cancun early Wednesday morning.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Are we expecting any sort of heavy rainfall anything like that associated with this hurricane?”

 

On the Phone: Ronald Gordon

“We are expecting minimal impacts from hurricane delta as it will travel well north of Belize. The hazard that we can anticipate or expect is strong gusty winds and we are looking at winds of fifteen to twenty-five knots gusting to maybe thirty-five knots at times and rough sea conditions with large swells. As of midday today, the national met service of Belize has upgraded the small craft caution to a small craft warning. A small craft warning means that people who are operating small vessels should not venture out to sea but if they are out there they should seek safe harbor as soon as possible. We also expect to have moderate rainfall and there is a possibility of one to two inches of rainfall falling within the ands over northern Belize in particular and this could lead to some level of localized flooding over areas that are flood prone in the north of the country, especially. So, those are the impacts that we are expecting from Hurricane Delta as this tracks well to the north of Belize.”


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