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Aug 6, 2012

Ernesto expected to become hurricane and reach northern Belize

Pull out your hurricane preparedness plans because a category one strength hurricane is heading this way and the entire coast is under threat. Tropical Storm Ernesto has been on the radar for about a week; it was initially expected to head north into the Gulf of Mexico but Ernesto has shifted and now has his eye on northern Belize. The storm is also strengthening and is expected to be upgraded to a category one hurricane before it makes landfall in the area of northern Belize and southern Mexico on Tuesday. It is the first storm to be heading this way this season and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is fully operational.  As of one o’clock this afternoon, a phase two hurricane watch was put in place for the entire coast of the country.  Voluntary evacuation from the islands has already begun and NEMO advises that persons on Turneffe Island, Glover’s Reef, Light House Reef, Half-moon Caye, Sand Bore Caye, Northern 2 Caye, North East, South West and Middle Caye need to be prepared to move in land. News Five spoke to Meteorologist Ronald Gordon today for the latest on Ernesto’s location and what residents can expect.


Ronald Gordon, Meteorologist

Ronald Gordon

“Tropical Storm Ernesto as of three p.m. this evening was at situated at latitude sixteen point two north and longitude eighty-one point six west. That position is about a hundred and thirty-five miles northeast of Cabo Gracias Adios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border or about four hundred and forty-seven miles east by south of Belize City.  We are gonna begin to see the outer bands, rain bands of the storm affecting us starting tonight. However, the stronger winds are going to be picking up some time tomorrow, probably after midday into Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.”


Delahnie Bain

“And when is landfall expected?”


Ronald Gordon

“Landfall is expected sometime between midnight on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.”


Delahnie Bain

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


Ronald Gordon

“Okay, first of all let me say that we have a hurricane watch for the entire coast of Belize. That means that everyone in that area should be making preparations for any eventuality with the storm. However, given the current projected path, the northern parts of the country are more prone to the adverse effects of the storm.”


Delahnie Bain

“Can you speak about the current strength and speed of the tropical storm?”


Ronald Gordon

“Okay, currently it is a sixty-five miles per hour tropical storm and it is moving towards the west north west at about twelve miles per hour.”


Delahnie Bain

“And I know that when we first started getting advisories and so on, it was projected to go more north. When did you start seeing that change in pattern, coming more towards Belize.”


Ronald Gordon

“Okay, what happen is that they were projecting an upper level feature to move it more to the north but eventually that system moved away to the west around yesterday and the numerical modules eventually began to see this motion and moved it more towards the south towards out area. That would be sometime around yesterday.”


Delahnie Bain

“What kind of effects are we expecting? It should be a hurricane by the time it gets here?”


Ronald Gordon

“It is expected to be a hurricane of about anywhere between seventy-five and eighty-five miles per hour winds; that’s a category one hurricane. That could produce rainfall amounts of about four to six inches at the time of landfall with a maximum of about eight to twelve inches and storm surge potential of about two to four feet above normal tides.”

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6 Responses for “Ernesto expected to become hurricane and reach northern Belize”

  1. email says:

    OKAY! lol

  2. Rod says:

    Hope it cleans out all the udp rats

  3. R.T. vs Rod says:

    Rod, where are you? This is also because of PM Barrow. The earth knows he is evil and is trying to change the government? PM fault again.

  4. betty valencia says:

    god save all belize

  5. Eye in the Sky says:

    Belize Met Service PLEASE learn to read a radar map and quit scaring the people of Corozal. They are very stupid in the north.

  6. Now i see says:

    Why every time the media scares every one? I know its a big storm maybe category one when it hits wherever will hit. People dont panic here in corozal is ten forty six and the weather is being good all morning. Now its getting a little cloudy maybe will rain in halfe of an hour. Every thing will be ok. Dont panic and stay safe.

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