Tropical Cyclone Earl Makes Landfall in Belize
Tropical Cyclone Earl, which formed in the Caribbean Sea on August 2, made landfall near Belize City, Belize, as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning (local time) (NASA). As of August 4 (2100 UTC), Earl is moving inland over northwestern Guatemala as a Tropical Storm, weakening as it tracks toward southeastern Mexico (NHC Advisory #10).
By 0900 (local time) Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) declared an “all clear” for the country, and response operations are underway (NEMO). According to NEMO, major infrastructure and building damage has been reported in the districts of Belize, Orange Walk, and Cayo.
In Guatemala, the departments of Petén and Izabal remain on Orange Alert; while a Yellow Alert is in effect for Alta Verapaz (CONRED). Tropical Cyclone Earl is expected to bring heavy rainfall (up to 18 inches) to parts of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico through Friday, increasing the risk for flash flooding and mudslides (NHC Advisory #10).
RVA Country Profile: Belize
This Week in Hazards
- Severe weather conditions continue to affect Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Bangladesh (ReliefWeb). Heavy rainfall triggered floods and landslides in Nepal and India, which (as of July 28) have killed more than 90 people and forced at least two million residents to evacuate (ReliefWeb). According to reports, the situation in Nepal is “particularly desperate,” as millions of Nepalis are still living in tents and temporary housing after the 7.8M earthquake that struck the country in 2015. Ongoing heavy rainfall (which began on July 19) has also triggered landslides and extensive flooding in Bhutan, where major damage to road networks has isolated villages and impacted the transportation of essential supplies (ReliefWeb/UNOCHA, ReliefWeb/UNRC for Bhutan). As of August 3, monsoon-induced floods that began in late July have affected an estimated 3.2 million people across 16 districts of Bangladesh (ACAPS).
- A severe thunderstorm Warning is in effect for parts of eastern Alberta, Canada, where a thunderstorm, located 10 kilometers southwest of the town of Oyen and capable of producing damaging hail and torrential rain, is currently being tracked (Govt. of Canada).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Australia (Victoria, Tasmania), Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, England, Scotland, Sudan, Indonesia, Myanmar, United States (Missouri)
Wildfire: United States (Montana, California, Nevada)
Extreme Temperature: Canada (Ontario)
Drought: United States (Western, Southern)
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