Monday, October 25, 2010

All Clear of Hurricane Richard

    The sun is out in San Pedro and residents get ready to go back to work and on with their regular lives after Hurricane Richard made landfall in the country of Belize last night between Dangriga Town and Belize City. The only work being done in the island is beach cleanup for all the seaweed that was dumped on the beaches; the town council and residents along the beach have already started with the cleanup.  No damage to buildings, piers and other structures has been reported.
    San Pedro faired very well during the storm as maximum storm winds reached to only about 41mph and rains pounded the island only for a short while. Reports are that about 800 people evacuated the island and only about 100 sought refuge at the two hurricane shelters. There was no power outages reported on the island and water is still out this morning. The water service crew is out repairing some damage and the supply of water should be connected soon.

    Elsewhere around the country, residents along the Western Highway are reporting extensive damage to property along the track where Hurricane Richard made landfall. The eye of the storm crossed over Belmopan City were extensive damage to structures is being reported, including lost roofs, downed residences and scattered debris. Residents of Hattieville are also reporting damages. Belize City faired very well with only localized flooding that receded after the storm passed and city residents are out to clean up and get their businesses open. The northern and southern districts faired very well during the storm with little damage reported, including Caye Caulker, St. George’s Caye. No deaths have been reported at the moment.

-photos provided by Jose Luis Zapata Photography for Ambergris Today

Video footage of storm conditions just before sundown in San Pedro, October 24, 2010

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