San Pedro/Caye Caulker Special Emergency Committee NEMO PRESS RELEASE

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

National Emergency Management Organization
“Preserving Life and Property”
DATE: Saturday, 20th August 2011 TIME: 11:45 am

San Pedro/Caye Caulker Special Emergency Committee NEMO PRESS RELEASE #4

 

The San Pedro/Caye Caulker Special Emergency Committee met at 11:00am to discuss situation of and Committee plan of action on TS Harvey and has decided that all members remain on standby.

The committee advices:
1. All Water Taxis to seek safe harbor and to cease all operation immediately.
2. Boat owners are to take their boats to the lagoon for safety.
3. Coast Guard to continue patrol to ensure that boats adhere to warning for safety, especially tonight.
4. Hotel owners are advised to cease all runs after 5:00pm today, August 20, 2011

As at 9:00 a.m. Tropical Storm Harvey is at latitude 16.8 North and Longitude 87.6 West Longitude or about 65 miles South East of Belize City with winds of 60 miles per hour gusting at 70 miles per hour. TS force winds extend 40 miles out from the centre. Harvey is moving West at 12 miles per hour. The Eye is expected to arrive on land just north of Dangriga in about 8 hours starting after 2 p.m. Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Belize.

Sea will become very rough today. NEMO advises no movement at sea. All boats must remain in harbor at Caye Caulker and San Pedro.

The public is advised to remain vigilant. Continue listening to the local radio and television stations for further advisories from the NEMO and the National Met Service.

The NEMO emergency number is 936
San Pedro Emergency Center emergency numbers are: 226- 3654/3695/600 – 8672/666 – 7476
Caye Caulker contact 610 – 3281

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BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM HARVEY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 7A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL082011
100 PM CDT SAT AUG 20 2011

…CENTER OF HARVEY MAKES LANDFALL NEAR DANGRIGA TOWN BELIZE…

SUMMARY OF 100 PM CDT…1800 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…17.0N 88.3W
ABOUT 35 MI…55 KM S OF BELIZE CITY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…21 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…998 MB…29.47 INCHES

Belize Radar Fix 12:00 pm local time showing center of TS Harvey making landfall just near Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District, Belize

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* THE COAST OF HONDURAS FROM PUNTA SAL WESTWARD
* THE COAST OF GUATEMALA
* THE COAST OF BELIZE

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
THE CENTER OF HARVEY HAS MADE LANDFALL ON THE COAST OF BELIZE NEAR
DANGRIGA TOWN…AND AT 100 PM CDT…1800 UTC…THE CENTER OF THE
TROPICAL STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.0 NORTH…LONGITUDE
88.3 WEST. HARVEY IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 13 MPH…
21 KM/H…AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT DAY
OR TWO. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF HARVEY WILL CONTINUE
TO MOVE INLAND OVER BELIZE THIS AFTERNOON…THEN MOVE INTO NORTHERN
GUATEMALA LATE THIS AFTERNOON OR TONIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MPH…95 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. WEAKENING IS EXPECTED NOW THAT THE CENTER OF HARVEY IS
MOVING INLAND.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES…75 KM
MAINLY TO THE NORTH OF THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 998 MB…29.47 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE NORTHERN
COAST OF HONDURAS IN THE WARNING AREA THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.
TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS ARE ALSO EXPECTED ALONG THE COASTS OF
GUATEMALA AND BELIZE THIS AFTERNOON.

RAINFALL…HARVEY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL
ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS HONDURAS…GUATEMALA…
BELIZE…AND THE YUCATAN PENINSULA OF MEXICO…WITH POSSIBLE
ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES. THESE RAINS COULD PRODUCE
LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUDSLIDES…ESPECIALLY OVER
HIGHER TERRAIN.

STORM SURGE…A STORM SURGE WILL RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 2
TO 4 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS ALONG THE COAST NEAR AND TO THE
NORTH OF WHERE HARVEY MADE LANDFALL. NEAR THE COAST…THE SURGE
WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DAMAGING WAVES.
NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…400 PM CDT. FORECASTER BEVEN

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