Storm Earl Affect Honduran coast, bears down on Belize
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, Tropical Storm Earl, affects the coastal area of Honduras and it was barreled toward Belize, it was expected to hit coast as hurricane on Wednesday night or early Thursday.
On Wednesday, operations officer at Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization said, 400 people have been move out from the Central American country’s northern islands Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, Lionel Cuthkelvin.
Cuthkelvin said, atlease 20 camps already providing food to people, mainly in Belize City, Stann Creek and some villages off the Caribbean coast. Residents of Belize City and other coastal communities were being desired to move inland.
The Miami-based NHC said in an advisory, Earl is a fifth storm of 2016, is expected to bring 8 to 10 inches of rain that could cause life-threatening flash floods along with mud in parts of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico through Thursday night.
Wind blowing at the rate of 70 miles per hour (113 km per hour), the storm is about 185 miles (298 km) east-southeast of Belize City, it said.
Luis Florentino, deputy Chief of emergency agency COPECO said in a telephone interview, 88 fishermen struck in those were safely in La Mosquitia while 2 are still missing.
Wilmer Guerrero, head of the fire department in the Honduran island of Roatan, said it has shelters to accommodate 500 people but they were not being used yet.
“The tourists are in their hotels, which are safe and firmly built. Here it’s the local people that go to the shelters,” he said in an interview.
Rescue official evacuated 200 people living in atolls of Banco Chinchorro and Punta Allen by Tulum, south of Cancunin Mexico City in the state of Quintana Roo.
Quintana Roo’s tourism minister Raul Andrade Angulo said that the 410,000 travelers currently visiting the state would be safe because the region has 788 storm shelters for more than 280,000 people, including 55 shelters for tourists.
Red flag has been used to indicate caution on beaches in Cancun to keep tourists in swimming pools and away from the sea.