Message: Hurricane Watch issued for Belize; Southern Lesser Antilles experiencing dangerous rough seas (as at 8.00a.m. September 24, 2010)

The Situation:
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Belize. This means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.  At 8.00am today, Friday, September 24, the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was estimated near latitude 14.3 north longitude 80.7 west.  Matthew is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/hr).  Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/hr) with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.Tropical Storm Matthew is also producing dangerous waves along the normally sheltered west coast of most of the southern Lesser Antilles.


Tropical Storm Karl heading towards Belize (As at 3:00 pm September 14th, 2010)

The Situation
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Belize. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area generally within 48 hours.

At 3:00 pm Tropical Storm Karl was centered near latitude 18.3 N, Longitude 84.2 W. This position is about 274 miles east of Corozal Town. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph moving 15mph and further strengthening is likely to occur.

Warnings lifted for CDEMA Participating States; Damage Assessments being finalised

Tropical Storm Warnings have been lifted for Turks and Caicos Islands, south eastern Bahamas and San Salvador Island in the Bahamas

Hurricane Earl is now a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.  Maximum winds are 125 mph (205 km/hr) with higher gusts. Some strengthening of this system is possible.

Initial Impacts in CDEMA Participating States as Hurricane Earl Continues to Strengthen as it Moves Across the Northern Leeward Islands

A Hurricane Warning is still in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat and the Virgin Islands. A Hurricane Warning in this instance means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 12 hours.

Hurricane Earl is a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.  Maximum winds are 110 mph (175 km/hr) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecasted.

Tropical Storm Alex causes heavy rains throughout Belize with pockets of gusty winds exceeding 40 mph. Initial economic losses estimated at BZ$2.5m.

The first Tropical Cyclone of the 2010 Atlantic Basin Hurricane, Tropical Storm Alex made landfall along the coast of Belize on Saturday June 26, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. TS Alex moved WNW at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, storm surge of three to five (3-5) feet and rainfall of four to eight (4-8) inches were forecasted as the System moved inland.  The ‘All Clear’ for the system was issued at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, 27 June 2010.

CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
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