Weather experts are looking at three systems ripe for development in the North Atlantic. According to the National Hurricane Centre, the system is over the central Caribbean Sea and it is anticipated that it will see gradual development over the next twenty-four hours. It is also anticipated that the system will become a tropical depression within the next five days, but it is uncertain how it will move once it develops. There is a high possibility that these systems will develop and according to projections they are heading our way. Hurricane preparedness in terms of our emergency supplies and secured windows and doors have become secondary as Covid-19 has taken over. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is yet to announce to the public what measures are in place should the need arise to evacuate Ambergris Caye or other low lying areas around the country. Belize is smack in the middle of its hurricane season and today we learned that discussions are only just beginning with health officials.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Yes that started yesterday. Well actually form earlier they had flagged it I think through the weekend they had highlighted it. We had brief Whatsapp discussion with Colonel DeFour so that will be looked at further as we move along in terms of how we move persons when you move them if you have to move them or where you place them because I understood that from yesterday’s discussion that it’s only a CAT 2 and above that would require movement out of San Pedro. So they are for sure going to start looking at the areas in San Pedro that are potential shelters that can be used and trying to see how much of a physical distance you can have within a hurricane shelter.”