Storm ten of the 1942 hurricane season had damages that was mainly limited to an area along the coast of Belize about 100 miles north to south and 40 to 50 miles east to west. Corozal Town, Sarteneja, Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye had the most serious damages. In San Pedro Town, about 90% of structures were destroyed.
Newtown was completely demolished, causing its residents to establish the town of Hopkins further south. At Ambergris Caye, many houses and coconut plantations were damaged or destroyed. This forced many laborers and coconut plantation owners to seek new professions; most of them entered the fishing industry. Nine deaths were reported on the island, though the toll may have been higher, as numerous small fishing boats were beached or swept out to sea.
Widespread damage to vegetation and trees occurred. Tides along the coast split Caye Caulker into three separate islands and swept away "everything in its path". Twenty persons lost their lives in Corozal with extensive damages to structures and agriculture.
Overall, damage totaled approximately $4 million, with $1 million to private and public property, including buildings and dwellings. The remaining $3 million in damage was incurred to coconuts and other crops; this total possibly includes damage to the mahogany and chicle industries. Below are images of the aftermath in Corozal Town courtesy of the Eric King Collection.Corozal House of Culture