Belize

United Nations Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) No. 01 (as of 2 August 2016)

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Highlights

  • Tropical Strom Earl has formed in the Central Caribbean and is moving due west at 22mph with winds of 47 mph.

  • Belize is in the trajectory path and the system is likely to make landfall on Wednesday night/early Thursday morning.

  • National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has declared Phase 2, one red flag with black centre is to be flown. This means that a Tropical Storm Warning/Hurricane Watch is in effect for Belize.

Situation Overview

The latest Advisory No. 5 has been released from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in the country. The report is predicting that Tropical Storm (TS) Earl will make landfall on Belize, on Wednesday, 3 August 2016, and may further develop into a Category 1 Hurricane. TS Earl is moving due west at 22 mph with winds of 47 mph. Present location is 16.3 north latitude and 80.2 west longitude. It is expected that within 24 hours’ time Belize should experience rough seas, wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour and continuous rainfall along the coast drifting westward over Belize. We are anticipating storm surge of about 2-4 feet high and up to 16 inches of rainfall which can result in extreme flood conditions.

Likely damages associated with these conditions are flooding of crops, uprooting of trees, destruction to poorly constructed and older timber buildings; loose items becoming projectiles damaging windows and doors. Broken glass, exposed nails, wood splinters and down power lines are dangerous; coastal roads will experience flooding and minor piers could suffer damage, boats can be washed away; damage to power lines and poles could result in power outages. Flooding pose a direct threat to life, contaminated water and sanitation systems poses serious health risks.