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Tropical storm warning remains in effect for northern Belize

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A tropical storm warning for the northern half of Belize from Caye Caulker to the border with Mexico remains in effect as Hurricane Emily approaches. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area within the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Emily remains a dangerous Category 4 system that is moving West-Northwest towards the Yucatan Peninsula. The National Meteorological Services of Belize has predicted that the powerful hurricane remains a threat to the northern half of the country and that preparations should be maintained for the protection of lives and property.

At 9am local time, Hurricane Emily was located near Latitude 18.6 North and Longitude 83.6 West or about 250 miles East-Southeast of Cozumel, Mexico and moving towards the West-Northwest near 20 miles per hour. The hurricane is expected to maintain this motion for the next 24 hours and is predicted to reach the Yucatan Peninsula very late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Belizeans who have evacuated from low-lying areas in the Northern part of the country are encouraged to remain at their present position until the National Meteorological Services and the National Emergency Management Organization have given the okay to return.