Tropical Storm Nate expected to pass in front of Belize

By on October 5, 2017

Tropical Storm Nate [Courtesy Weather Channel]

Tropical Storm Nate
[Courtesy Weather Channel]

San Ignacio, CAYO. Thursday, October 5, 2017. Tropical Storm Nate is moving across north-eastern Nicaragua today and forecasters say flooding rains are expected over portions of Central America.

At midday today, the center of Tropical Storm Nate was located at 14.5 degrees North Latitude, 84.0 degrees West Longitude, or about 362 miles south, southeast of Punta Gorda town.

TS Nate is carrying maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is expected to pass east of Belize tomorrow, Friday, and head for the Yucatan Peninsula.

The National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, says that the main threat to the country from Tropical Storm Nate is expected to be thunderstorms and heavy rainfall.

These, according to NEMO should continue to cause localized flooding of low-lying roads, bridges and other flood-prone areas around the country.

Western Atlantic satellite [Courtesy NOAA]

Western Atlantic satellite
[Courtesy NOAA]

NEMO says that “the current tract shows that the center of the storm in the warm waters off the coast of Belize. The stronger winds are expected to be east of Belize, over the sea.”

Official bulletins and advisories will be issued by NEMO in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service as they become necessary.

Tropical Storm Nate is expected to be directly in front of Belize by tomorrow – Friday – and NEMO says that “it is likely that a Tropical Storm Watch will be issued for the country.”

The NEMO advisory goes on to say that “the public is hereby advised to make preparations to protect life and property. Move to higher grounds if you live in an area that will flood.”

NEMO repeats its earlier advise to residents that they are not to venture out to sea on Friday.

“Fishers and people on the Cayes are hereby strongly urged to monitor and track Tropical Storm Nate and to take the necessary actions to preserve your life and property. Farmers are encouraged to attend to their crops and animals to reduce losses,” according to NEMO.

And for motorists, the advise is “drive with extreme caution when driving in wet conditions, reduce your speed, and put on your low beam, and hazard lights.”

The Ministry of Works has announced that the Coastal Road is closed due to flooding.

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