NEMO issues Advisory on Tropical Depression

Belizeans spent a very wet Father’s Day weekend as a result of severe rains affecting the country. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) this morning confirmed that the rains are a result of Tropical Depression No. 2 which formed several hours ago from an area of disturbed weather right in front of us. Chief Meteorologist Dennis Gonguez gives details.

Dennis Gonguez – Chief Meteorologist:
vlcsnap-2013-06-17-19h51m44s225As the system moves over the mainland this afternoon, the showers will be concentrated in the Northern half of the country, Belize City North, where we can see up to about two and a half inches to three inches of rainfall over Northern Belize.  Then as the system exits, heads Westward, then the concentration of showers moves to the Southern parts of the country, where again you can see about two and a half inches in the South.  So we should be monitoring the areas prone to flooding to see if you’re at risk.
As the system moves away, we’ll see some improvements starting tomorrow.  We’re not expecting as much rainfall tomorrow as what we’ve been having yesterday and today. So we should see some improvements come tomorrow and Wednesday, as the system moves further away.

Mr. Gonguez goes on to tell us what we can expect for the rest of the day and later in the week.

Dennis Gonguez – Chief Meteorologist:
vlcsnap-2013-06-17-19h51m34s96We have been monitoring a very active tropical wave last week as it was forecast to start affecting the country on Sunday, and sure enough we started getting the showers and thundershowers yesterday.
This morning the wave entered into more favorable conditions and the tropical depression formed about nine o’clock this morning. At that time it was near Latitude 16.9 North and 87.6 West.  That position is about 60 miles East of Monkey River, and about 98 miles East North-East of Punta Gorda.  The depression had winds of 35 miles per hour and was moving towards the West North-West at about 13 miles per hour.

Classes in the Toledo, Stann Creek and Belize districts were called off for the afternoon. Some classes in the Cayo District were also called off, while others were culminated early in the afternoon. The Ministry of Health says it will continue to monitor the weather situation and will provide further updates, if any, early tomorrow morning.

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