TS Harvey – Aug 19-11

For the latest storm information, check www.StormPulse.com and the Belize Weather Bureau, including their Doppler Radar images extending 400 Km, 200 Km and 50 Km.  These images show rainfall and you’ll see any rain bands as they approach the coast…


Latest Reports from Caye Caulker Weather…

Aug 20, 2011 – 12:00 Noon

Things are just fine here Caye Caulker.  We’ve had some squalls with wind & rain but nothing too serious.  The wind has picked up in the last while, but dropped off very recently.  At the moment, the average is 19 mph with gusts to 31 in the last hour.

TS Harvey is reported to be have just made landfall near Dangriga with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with higher gusts.  Now that it is over land, the storm will weaken significantly but continue inland…

This might be the last bit of news for TS Harvey…

Aug 20, 2011 – 9:30 AM

TS Harvey continues along it’s path towards the south coast of Belize.  Current predictions indicate that it’s center will make landfall just north of Hopkins, although there will be wind & rain north and south of there all day.  NOAA says there is still a possibility of H1 status before landfall, but it seems that they are predicting only TS conditions.  The 39 to 50 mph wind window extends north to Belize City and south to Placencia…  More later…

Aug 20, 2011 – 7:00 AM

This mornings forecast for TS Harvey is in now…  Currently, the storm has been downgraded somewhat and they don’t think it will reach H1 status now, it will remain as a TS.  There will still be lots of rain and winds may reach up to 70 mph as it approaches the south coast of Belize.  Right now, the forecast track indicates landfall just a few miles north of Placencia, although the entire coast in that area will experience high winds and lots of rain.  More later…

Aug 19, 2011 – 9:20 PM

The latest update from NOAA is that TS Harvey has strengthened a bit more…  Presently maximum sustained winds are at 60 mph with stronger gusts as it moves towards The Bay Islands.  And, the most worrisome news is that the storm will likely reach Hurricane 1 status before it makes landfall on the south coast of Belize.  At this point, the landfall is predicted to be 14 miles north of Placencia, near Riverside.

Here at Caye Caulker, we are just at the edge of the ‘wind window’ where winds speeds of 39 to 57 mph are possible.  I’m glad to have the boat out of the water already and tomorrow we’ll make some more preparations, just in case the storm turns north…  That’s it for now…

Aug 19, 2011 – 6:20 PM

This just in…  The latest report NOW is that the storm is a bit further SOUTH, a little closer to the Honduras coast.  Same as last report though, the storm will remain over water and intensify as it moves west towards The Bay Islands and on to Belize…

Aug 19, 2011 – 6:00 PM

Ok, this is the first storm report of the season…  Tropical Storm Harvey was conceived this afternoon and is scheduled to arrive on the shores of southern Belize tomorrow afternoon or evening…

The storm is a little further north than originally thought and hurricane hunter aircraft confirm that the center of circulation is well off the northern shore of Honduras.  This means that the storm will remain over water and intensify as it draws energy from the warm water.

We’ll keep an eye on it and report from time to time…


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