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Belize: Torrential rains, possible flooding due to storm system

Torrential rain to hit Belize due to storm system located off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in coming hours and days; flooding and landslides possible

19 Jun 10:00 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 6/19/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/21/2017, 11:59 PM (America/Belize). COUNTRY/REGION Belize

Event

A low pressure system currently located off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is expected to form into a cyclone as it moves over the Gulf of Mexico sometime on Monday, June 19, or Tuesday, June 20. The system, regardless of whether or not it forms into a cyclone, is expected to bring torrential rain to Belize (as well as southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, and western Cuba) in the coming hours and days. The Belizean meteorological agency has issued flash flood alerts for coastal, low-lying, and/or river adjacent areas. Landslides are also possible in hilly areas, along with associated transportation disruptions.

Context

Cyclonic storms are common in the Caribbean region during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

Advice

Individuals in the above areas are advised to follow local weather forecasts and to adhere to any advice issued by the regional authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders). In the event of flooding, keep in mind that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products.