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Oct 26, 2011


With the threat called off, NEMO is winding down its operations and students are expected back in the classrooms on Thursday. Residents who evacuated from the cayes are also to head back home. NEMO Coordinator, Noreen Fairweather, gave us the update via phone from the Belmopan Headquarters this afternoon.

Via Phone: Noreen Fairweather, NEMO Coordinator

Noreen Fairweather

“Hurricane Rina has weakened significantly as it moved over much colder waters to the northeast of Belize. Currently maximum sustained winds have decreased from a hundred and ten to eighty-five miles per hour. The system is now moving west northwest with an increased forward speed of six miles per hour. With the current location, the projected path and the weakening of the system, Rina now poses a lesser threat to Belize. The Corozal district remains for the most part, the only area of concern due to the proximity of the storm. Rina is approximately a hundred and seventy miles or so east southeast south of Corozal town. Shelter occupation, which includes Belize City—that’s the Orange Walk and Belize District including Belize City—has been suspended. In the case of Belmopan, the shelterees will be returning to San Pedro tomorrow. All evacuation of the cayes has ceased. Classes can resume tomorrow morning. So basically with the weakening of the system and as it moves out of the area, we are scaling back our operations and trying to get back to normalcy at the earliest.”

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