NEMO Press Release # 5 -Tropical Storm Alex
By NEMO Information Unit
Jun 26, 2010, 11:00 am
LARGE TROPICAL STORM ALEX HEADING TOWARD NORTHERN BELIZE
At 9:00 am the center of Tropical Storm Alex was estimated to be near latitude 17.3 N and longitude 86.1 W. This position is about 140 miles east of Belize. Alex is moving west northwest at 9 mph and is expected to continue on that track for the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are now 45 mph with further strengthening expected. However, strengthening will be limited due to the storms proximity to land.
Tropical Storm force winds will start affecting the northern and central cayes at about 2:00 pm local time this afternoon.
Storm surge of 3 to 5 feet is expected along the northern coast and cayes. Sea conditions will become rough. A small craft warning is in effect.
Rainfall of approximately 4 to 8 inches is expected over Belize through Sunday evening. These rains can produce life threatening flash floods in Southern Belize. Localized flooding can be expected in communities in San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Orange Walk Town, Belize City, and other low-lying areas. Persons residing in these areas are advised to take all necessary steps to secure their families and their homes.
Mariners and fisher-folk seeking safe harbour are advised that the Belize City Swing Bridge will be opened at 11:00 am and at 4:00 pm today.
The NEMO hereby continues to advise the public to listen to local radio and television stations for official updates on Tropical Storm Alex. The NEMO Hotline number is 636.
The next NEMO advisory will be issued at 6:00 pm this evening.
The National Met Service will continue to issue weather bulletins.
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