Tonight, weather forecasters are monitoring developments on Ida, a powerful system that’s expected to make landfall as a Category four hurricane on the U.S. state of Louisiana in the coming days. While the powerful system is causing havoc for the area, Belize will remain relatively untouched. Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon explained to our newsroom today.
Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorologist: “As of midday today Hurricane Ida was centered near latitude 21.6 degrees north, 82.7 degrees west, they system is moving to the northwest at fifteen miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of seventy five miles per hour. The position of Ida is almost over the Isle of Youth in western Cuba and the system is approaching western Cuba at the moment. It is forecast to enter the Gulf of Mexico by tomorrow morning and intensify further over the weekend before heading towards the Louisiana coast in the United States. In terms of the impacts of Ida on Belize we expect that to be minimal. The system is well north of our area and moving away so we do not anticipate significant impacts from this system on us. There is always the possibility of an extended feeder band crossing us but the models are not showing that at the moment. So looking into the weekend we are expecting conditions to be generally fair at least for Saturday and on Sunday we are going to see some moisture behind Ida coming across the country which will support a few showers and isolated thunderstorms but based on what we’re seeing at the moment we’re not looking at anything extreme.”
In addition to Ida, there are two tropical disturbances in the Atlantic that may develop into impactful systems in the coming days. Gordon warned that while they are not forecast to affect Belize, we should still be vigilant.
Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorologist: “Yes we are monitoring two other areas out in the Atlantic at the moment, one is in the Tropical Atlantic between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles. That system has a high chance of developing an becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next forty eight hours however it is expected to recurve to the north and remain over the open waters and have no significant impact on any land areas. Likewise the other system which is further north is also forecast to move off to the northeast remain over waters and have no significant impact on any land areas.”
Gordon added that the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season is September ten and as we draw closer to that date, tropical activity will increase. Stay tuned to this station and the National Met Service for timely updates.