9am, Tues. Oct.3
Corozal suffered little damage from Keith. Some plantain and banana trees
fell and one abadoned house.
The winds started from mid-night till about 3 a.m. The wind's squalls were
about 50 to 55 miles per hour.
It continued but disipated to about 20 and fifteen this morning. We still
have breeze blowing whilst the sky is still overcast. It is trying to clear
The sea when I visited the shore this morning, the water was returning very
slowly. A distance of one nautical mile, a white mist or fog line was visible.
We had a relatively dry night with lots of wind gusting. This morning in
Corozal. The tide is slowly coming back in. The winds are now easterly --
winds stiff but "normal".
As one looks east over the bay -- you can see the eastern edge of this
storm system. Imagine it will be hot sun again by noon.
Looking at my satellite map -- it appears Keith went west more then North.
(Sorry again Miami -- we simply can't get nature to co-operate with your
forecasts.) Anyway -- listening to Love FM we get a report from a Mennonite
from Blue Creek this morning. Last night they had extremely strong winds.
They had a deluge of rain. According to this man -- they have never seen
the flooding so great on the plain below Blue Creek. That plain reached
from there past Orange Walk to the sea -- we will be seeing flooding in the
New river delta -- here in Corozal.
They warn all the small villages to be evacuated now! Already the normal
100 ft channel of the Rio Hondo has turned into a lake five miles wide!!
This will mean flooding in the Free zone area as well.
We see that El Norde has "lifted" -- being pushed by that new storm system
that is presently passing over Cuba and pushing into Florida. Looks like
the remnants of Keith might well make it across the Yucatan Peninsula to
live again in the Gulf of Mexico.
As Keith lost "power" the regular easterly winds pushed it over the line
onto land. Much more of a Westerly movement than a Northerly one. No news
from Orange Walk -- but it would appear the center of the storm passed
somewhere between Belize City and Orange Walk then over Blue Creek.
You better extend your scheduled reconstruction programs with "GOB" aid --
Now we wait for the floods from Blue Creek area to get here. The man says
one or two days. Well, at least the sun will be shining hard again.
And Oh -- NEMA forgot all about that area of Belize. One that traditionally
flood during these style events. Ian -- how high is San Narcisso??
Nobody is evacuating these villages!! According to the Mennonite from Blue
Creek -- most of the roads are well under water already. Will require boats
to do this. Where are they NEMA??
Marty -- maybe you can find some one in San Pedro to transfer funds so they
can buy fuel to get out there??
[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 10-03-2000).]