Tropical Storm Ernesto is on his way to Belize. These flags above the National Emergency Management Organization building here in Belmopan mean that we are under a hurricane watch. It is possible that Ernesto will become a hurricane sometime today. The shelters are scheduled to open at 2pm this afternoon.
The seminar that we had scheduled yesterday in Orange Walk was postponed until further notice. All the teachers and principals were sent back to their schools to secure the classrooms and buildings and get them ready to be used as shelters if needed.
This will be our second hurricane. We were here for Richard in October of 2010. It was a category one, right now the predictions about Ernesto say it will be either a very heavy tropical storm or a very weak category one hurricane.
All of Belize is on alert. We stocked up on supplies yesterday. And now we watch, wait and pray. We may lose power if the storm is a strong one. So I may not be able to update for a while if that happens. They won't be able to work on restoring power until the all clear sign...a green flag...gets raised. Waiting to see the green!!