From: Belize Development Trust/Hurricane Net
Hurricane Keith has been fluctuating during the night. It has no
central eye, but winds have been reported at a consistant 100 mph, the
main intensity has dropped and some places in Belize on Ambergris Caye
are sighing for relief with just 70 mph winds.
The island of Caye Caulker continues to get pummeled, as the center of
the storm fluctuated through the night between Caye Caulker, the mainland
coast line and back out to just north of Turneffe Islands Atoll. At 6:30
a.m., the center of rotation was just north of Turneffe Islands Atoll and
east of Caye Caulker.
No word has been available from Caye Caulker and the GOB are anxious to
get an overflight of the island at daybreak to see what has happened.
Belize Telecommunications workcrews are expected to be on standbye for
the same purpose. To restore communications by phone rapidly with Caye
Caulker island and San Pedro town on the next island. Electricity has
been cut off for 24 hours now to both islands. This will take longer to
restore. Caye Caulker has had the storm pummelling it for 21 hours
straight. San Pedro has reported some respite during the night as the
storm center fluctuated away from that island. Winds at some point
dropped to a mild breeze of 40 mph. Except for one phone call by a
cellular from Mr. Reyes of Paradise Hotel, out of Caye Caulker, there has
been no communication or reports from the 1000 residents of this lobster
fishing town and tourist place just inside the barrier reef. The island
at it's highest point is only eight feet above sea level and is basically
a sand bar four miles long and a quarter mile wide with coconut trees and
It is rumored a British Forces on training activities in Belize will
send out a helicopter at daybreak in a couple of hours.