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Tropical Storm Franklin expected to become a hurricane before landfall tonight

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Tropical Storm Franklin is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane before it makes landfall tonight anywhere between northern Belize and the Quintana Roo area of Mexico.

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued a Tropical Storm warning from Belize City to the Corozal border. This means that heavy rain and winds of up to 4mph are expected to affect between Belize City and Corozal wihin the next 24 hours.

People in this area are urged to tske necessary measures to secure their life, property, animals and crops. Others who live in flood-prone areas are advised to seek shelter elsewhere.

Franklin continues to move west northwestward at 13mph. It is now located 260 miles east southeast of Belize City and 285 miles south east of Corozal.

Here are the NEMO emergency coordinators’ numbers:

Corozal: Williard Levy – 623 0237;
Orange Walk: Suliema Celiz – 605 5046, and Mr. Aragon – 636 6094;
Belize District: Lionel Tillett – 615 4834, and Kevin Pollard – 621 2275;
San Pedro: Vanessa Parham – 632 3698;
Belize City: Timrose Augustine – 600 8672, and Councillor Willoughby – 6309793
Belmopan: Clare Moody – 630 9791;
Cayo: Al Westby – 630 3224, and Johnny Ramclam – 625 2526;
Stann Creek: Keith Emmanuel – 615 9711;
Toledo: Kenton Parham – 630 9787.
The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936.

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