Hurricane Lisa Situation Report 4 - 3 November 2022

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  • National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) through the Prime Minister of Belize

    issued ALL CLEAR (Phase 4), signaling that the hurricane is no longer a threat to the country.

  • At approximately 4:20 PM Hurricane Lisa made landfall at 17.4°N latitude, 88.3°W longitude or about 10 miles southwest of Belize City at the South of the Sibun River. The Category 1 Hurricane affected the country for 12 hours, maintaining winds of 85 mph with gusts of 95 mph and minimum pressure of 990 mb for 8 hours before being downgraded to Tropical Storm.

  • Hurricane force winds extended 15 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical-storm- force winds extended 70 miles, causing extensive structural and infrastructural damage across the country with Belize City being severely impacted. Rainfall was measured at 7 inches; the country lacks capacity to measure storm surges but it was estimated at 5 feet.

  • Residents in affected areas were strongly advised to remain in homes in order to avoid secondary casualties from projectiles, dangerous debris, leaning lampposts and downed electrical lines and in order to allow unimpeded access to utility crews that are still working to restore electricity, water and internet.

  • Even though the hurricane was downgraded to a Tropical Storm as of 8 PM 2 Nov. 2022, Belize watersheds are expected to continue to rise and produce flooding across the country.

  • Efforts to restore electricity and water supply are ongoing, especially to Belize City and surrounding areas. Several power lines and a few telecommunications antennae are down.

  • The three health facilities assessed today with the Ministry of Health and Wellness are all fully operational, providing critical services to its catchment population (Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Cleopatra White “Smart” Polyclinic, and Matron Roberts Polyclinic)