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Nov 5, 2009

Tropical Storm Ida on the horizon

Story PictureIt’s the first storm to head this way for the 2009 Hurricane Season and the forecast is that Ida will bring a lot rain in the next few days. Ida formed in the southwest of the Caribbean on Wednesday afternoon and by night it was the topic of conversation countrywide. But today Ida has weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall in Nicaragua. While the storm is expected to weaken further, Meteorologist, Derrick Rudon, says we are still in for a wet weekend. Rudon brought us up to speed on Ida’s current position and where it is heading.

Derrick Rudon, Meteorologist
“It made landfall this morning over eastern Nicaragua and it was centered about seventy-five miles north of Nicaragua. As it made landfall it started to weaken. It’s a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of sixty-five miles per hour. It is expected to continue weakening while it’s over land.”

Delahnie Bain
“What effects can Belize expect?”

Derrick Rudon
“We can expect rain out of this system. Definitely we will get rain out of it. It will take its time and it will move slowly over land and will reemerge on the north coast of Honduras around Saturday morning. So while it’s over land, we can expect our weather to continue cloudy and showery.”

Delahnie Bain
“What parts of the country are expected to be most affected?”

Derrick Rudon
“We’re expecting most of the rainfall to occur over the sea, along the coast and in the south.”

Delahnie Bain
“Any flood warnings or anything?”

Derrick Rudon
“Okay, there is a flood alert at the moment for the rivers in the Stann Creek and Sibun and some of the rivers in Stann Creek District and in that area. We’re expecting rainfall from anywhere three to four or fiver inches of rainfall.”

Delahnie Bain
“So overall, is the storm expected to cause any kind of major damage or anything in Belize?”

Derrick Rudon
“Flooding, as you know could be major and if all the rainfall concentrates at one time, then you can get flash flooding and that could cause damage to property and lives.”

Delahnie Bain
“So how long can we expect the rains to continue?”

Derrick Rudon
“For the two to three days. So over the weekend, we can expect the rains to continue. When the system emerges, if it emerges as a strong system then it may tend to pull all the rainfall to itself and so maybe all the rain move out to sea rather than stay over the land.”

More on this weather system later in the newscast.


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