From: Belize Hurricane network/ Belize Development Trust
At 1 a.m. In the morning, the reports coming in are somewhat
confusing. The eye of Hurricane Keith seems to be either over San Pedro.
Around 11 p.m./Sunday night. Three hours ago, the wind at San Pedro
town on Ambergris Caye was said to have dropped to 40 mph. Earlier an
hour, the winds were quoted as varying between 60 mph to 85 mph.
The USA National Weather Service is quoting 115 mph sustained winds.
They also are talking 2 feet of rainfall water over the country of
Belize. One satellite image, shows the rough hurricane center over St.
The population was unprepared because of the rapid buildup of Keith in
the few hours it went from tropical storm to Category 3 or 4 Hurricane,
the village of Caye Caulker numbers aboutra 1000 people. Most of
Hurricane Keith is now over land, but movement to the north and the west
is still blocked by a north wind front in the Gulf of Mexico. So Keith
could still go anywhere, even backwards.
The town of Caye Caulker has been pummeled for about 14 hours with
winds over 100 mph getting up to 140 mph at times, but averaging 120 mph
for most of that period. The Hurricane force winds hit Caye Caulker
around 9 a.m. Sunday morning and had not stopped by midnight Sunday night.
Houses are known to be demolished and blown apart. How many will not
be known till daylight. Nor will the knowledge be observed unless Keith
moves more westerly giving someone a chance to get out their by local
plane or boat.
The cellular telephone system with San Pedro town about 15 miles north
of Caye Caulker is off the air because the tower blew down. Last report
came via Frank Redmond and Tropic Airline ( local flights to San Pedro
and mainland) radio system. They have some portable hand held VHF radios
for air traffic communications.\
It is going to be a long night.