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NEMO issues advisory for strong tropical wave approaching Belize

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

A strong tropical wave approaching the country has prompted the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to issue an advisory.

The tropical wave is expected to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm before it makes landfall close to or over northern Belize sometime between Monday and Tuesday. If it does become a tropical storm, it will be known as Franklin.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami reports that the system is moving
west-northwestward at 10 to 15 miles per hour (mph).

“Even if formation does not occur before the system reaches the Yucatan peninsula, a tropical depression or tropical storm could form over the Bay of Campeche by midweek,” the NHC states.

The system will cause heavy rains to occur over Belize, with flash flooding likely to occur in some areas.

NEMO has urged people to closely monitor the movement of the tropical wave and to make necessary plans in the event it threatens to make landfall over Belize.

The NHC has issued a warning to interests along the coasts of Honduras, Belize, and the Yucatan Peninsula
to monitor the progress of this disturbance.

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