Tegucigalpa, Oct 2 (EFE) .- The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, asked his compatriots on Friday to be cautious about the rains that affect his country due to the tropical depression 25 in the Caribbean and another meteorological phenomenon that could impact the Central American nation next week.
“This situation may be complicated by the entry of moisture from the Pacific, which would be feeding tropical depression number 25 and would become a tropical storm, becoming aggravated by the interaction, starting next Tuesday, with another meteorological phenomenon,” Hernández stressed at a press appearance.
Tropical depression 25 was formed today in the southwestern Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour that will strengthen in the next few hours until reaching a tropical storm category on Saturday near the coast of Yucatán (Mexico).
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated that at 11:00 a.m. (16:00 GMT) Twenty-five was located about 355 kilometers southeast of Cozumel (Mexico) and was moving at 15 kilometers per hour in a northwest direction.
The head of State of Honduras stressed the importance of informing the population about “what is coming in greater depth so that we are all responsible and face what these climatic phenomena may bring us in the next few hours.”
“We ask compatriots to be aware of the bulletins on the prevention, protection and security measures of each of the citizens, especially those who live in risk areas, landslides, floods, in the vicinity of channels and rivers,” he emphasized Hernandez.
He also said that Hondurans must learn to “be disciplined and follow the instructions” of the Permanent Commission on Contingencies (Copeco).
HONDURAS WILL ENABLE SHELTERS
Given the effects of the phenomenon, the Honduran government has taken the “necessary biosecurity measures” to enable shelters to accommodate possible evacuees throughout the country, announced the Honduran Foreign Minister, Lisandro Rosales.
Rosales urged the population to “not lower your guard, take all the necessary precautions in view of the fact that the red alert is maintained for the COVID-19 emergency, we must not neglect any of the attentions.”
The Honduran mayors must be “attentive” to the displacement of the tropical depression 25, stressed the diplomat, who assured that the regional emergency centers of the Contingency Commission are enabled to meet any requirement of the municipalities.
He also said that, despite the rains that will affect the country for the next 96 hours, it is “very important that all precautions are taken” due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic.
“The Honduran people must take the necessary precautions to avoid the loss of human lives,” reiterated the head of the Central American country’s diplomacy.
The civil protection agency issued a yellow warning the day before, for prevention, in the 18 departments of Honduras due to the rains that affect the country.
The last named storm this season was Beta, which made landfall on September 21 in Texas.
With the end of the 2020 hurricane season two months away (November 30), 23 named storms have formed, lending credence to the “extremely active” 2020 season forecast by the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). ) from USA
NOAA expects between 19 and 25 named tropical storms this year, which means they have winds of 63 kilometers per hour, of which seven to eleven could become hurricanes, with winds of 119 kilometers per hour, with up to six very powerful.
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