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Tropical wave approaching Belize gets better organized

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Showers associated with a strong tropical wave heading towards Belize have gotten better organized, with tropical-storm-force winds already occurring in the centre of the weather system.

The latest advisory coming from Miami’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC) indicates that the broad area of low pressure is now about 150 miles east of the coast of Honduras.

“A tropical depression or tropical storm will likely form before the low reaches the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico
late Monday or early Tuesday,” the Centre advised.

After the system crosses the Yucatan
Peninsula, it is expected to move across the Bay of Campeche by mid-week, where it is expectes to intensify.

The NHC has warned people in Honduras,
Belize, and the Yucatan Peninsula to monitor the progress of the system and warns of heavy rains and strong winds associated with it.

Locally, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has also advised people to make necessary preparations as the weather system nears our shores.

It will likely make landfall somewhere near or over northern Belize late Monday as either a tropical depression or as Tropical Storm Franklin.

People who are in low-lying area and near riverbanks are urged to take precaution.

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