Caribbean - Tropical Storm Chantal OCHA Situation Report No. 4

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 21 Aug 2001
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2001/0175
Tropical Storm Chantal
The Caribbean
OCHA Situation Report No. 4
21 August 2001

This message is not an official hurricane warning or alert for any country.

1. The National Weather Center in Miami reports that at 1200 GMT, 21 August 2001, the center of tropical storm Chantal was located near latitude 18.4 north, longitude 88.8 west, or about 35 miles (55 km).west-southwest of Chetumal, Mexico. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/hr) with higher gusts.

2. At 1200 GMT, the following warnings/watches were in effect:

Belize: a hurricane watch from Belize City northward to the Mexican border and a tropical storm warning for all of coastal Belize

Mexico: a tropical storm warning for the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula from the Belize border northward to Cancun, and for the gulf coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Progreso to Carmen.

3. According to news reports, some 2,500 people in the coastal regions of Xcalat and Mahuahal were evacuated to temporary shelters in Chetumal, the capital city of Quintana Roo State. Another municipality, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, some 130 km northwest of Chetumal also required immediate attention because of the passage of Chantal.

4. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/WHO, the Government of Belize has activated its Emergency Operation Center and issued Voluntary Evacuation Advisories for the 'Cayes' but is not planning to evacuate Belize city at present time. Hospital has sent many patients home as a precautionary measure.

5. For further information, please refer to the website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at, and

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