Thursday, July 25, 2024

Hurricane Beryl

Island kids take part in Hol Chan’s Guardians of the Reef Summer Camp

After a brief delay due to Hurricane Beryl, the annual Guardians of the Reef Summer Camp is now in full swing. The camp, running from Monday, July 8th to July 19th at the Lion's Den from 8:30AM to 11:30AM, is organized by the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) with a clear mission to educate children about protecting and preserving the marine environment. The camp features a rich array of fun and educational activities, outdoor games, and lessons on conservation, ensuring a well-rounded learning experience for the young participants.

NEMO advises Belizeans to remain vigilant throughout the hurricane season

After narrowly avoiding Hurricane Beryl, a dangerous and powerful storm that developed on June 28th in the eastern Caribbean, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in Belize is continuing to hold meetings to better prepare for the ongoing hurricane season. NEMO is reminding Belizeans that the hurricane season is just beginning, and being ready for a major storm should remain a top priority for everyone.

Hurricane Beryl spares Belize: government to assist affected Caribbean nations

On Friday morning, July 5th, Hurricane Beryl landed as a Category 2 storm over the Mexican Caribbean coast, affecting coastal communities like Tulum and Playa del Carmen. The storm did not affect Belize, where a Tropical Storm Warning was issued for the northern portion of the country, including the Cayes. On Friday morning, the Government of Belize gave the all-clear, and discussions have started to see how they can help our counterparts in the Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada, who were devastated by the weather system.

Shelters open in San Pedro and Caye Caulker as Hurricane Beryl approaches

While Hurricane Beryl is not expected to hit Belize directly, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) opened shelters in San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker on Thursday, July 4th. The shelters opened at 4 PM, with one in Caye Caulker at the Roman Catholic School and the Sagebrush Church and St. John Paul Youth Center (only for persons with disabilities) in San Pedro. If anyone needs to use the shelters in San Pedro, they can contact NEMO at 226-4824 or 614-5865 and 611-6603 in Caye Caulker.

National Amateur Interdistrict Championship rolls into Week 3

San Pedro’s Terror Squad and Conquerors Football Club (FC) did not have the best results in the third week of the National Amateur Interdistrict football tournament. Neither of the island teams could win a game over the weekend. They are now preparing to secure better results in the tournament’s fourth week, which is expected to continue this weekend.

Important guidelines to follow during the Hurricane Season

In this time of uncertainty, as dangerous Hurricane Beryl approaches landfall near northern Belize, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) shared some preparedness guidelines. These guidelines are not limited to the current hurricane hurtling across the Caribbean but for the remainder of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Islanders advised to remain vigilant as Hurricane Beryl approaches

Hurricane Beryl, a potentially devastating force, is expected to reach the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, late on Thursday evening, July 4th, bringing with it tropical storm-force winds. This poses a significant threat to northern Belize, including San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and Caulker. Residents are strongly advised to stay vigilant and make necessary preparations. Voluntary evacuation is recommended, and the deadline for doing so is Wednesday, July 3rd.

Fishermen welcome lobster season; Hurricane Beryl causes concern

On Monday, July 1st, the 2024-2025 season of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster officially opened in Belize. The first catches of the day were celebrated by fishermen in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. They found a healthy lobster stock and are expecting a prosperous season. However, they are worried about the impact of Hurricane Beryl, which is projected to affect northern Belize and the Cayes when it makes landfall late on Thursday evening or early on Friday, July 5th, in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula.