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Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56284
08/23/02 06:55 AM
08/23/02 06:55 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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At aprox. 10:40pm a water spout hit San Pedro just in front of the Sun Breeze hotel. It flipped a largre boat in front of Aqua Dives into another vessel also belonging to Aqua Dives. It then destroyed part of the Tropic Air Terminal, and flipped 2 airplanes belonging to Maya Island Air, also damaging the Maya Island terminal building. It then hit the "Sunset Bar" at the Boat Yard, destroying many boats, (5) and upseting 3 golf Carts which were totally destroyed. It then countinued to the San Pedrito area where a home was destroyed. Power was out for about 1 hour as transformers exploded in San Pedrito.

At this time, no one is reported missing or dead. Two tourists' seem to have been injured however.

Re: Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56285
08/23/02 08:02 AM
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I hope AC comes through the coming hurricaine season with no problems. They have had enough the last couple of years.

Re: Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56286
08/23/02 08:28 AM
08/23/02 08:28 AM
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Does anyone know how the folks that live directly west of the Maya Island Air terminal came out in all of this? We were there in April when so many houses in that area burned down. (We also saw and photographed a large waterspout a few hundred yards offshore 4/24, the morning we left.) I'd hate to think that they had rebuilt their homes and then been damaged again.

Re: Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56287
08/23/02 08:49 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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from the island...
It was a rough night around here! Endless lightning, thunder, wind and rain... not much sleep.

Re: Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56288
08/23/02 09:08 AM
08/23/02 09:08 AM
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sorry to hear of the destruction & devastation. are there calm seas today? pls keep us informed.

Re: Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56289
08/23/02 12:18 PM
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Marty Offline OP

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Here's a pic, thanks to Brent at Victoria House...

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just a freak blow thru, no hideous weather around it or behind it...

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 08-23-2002).]

Re: Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56290
08/23/02 06:04 PM
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Marty Offline OP

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couple more pics....

first one at the Boatyard:

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thanks to Diane Campbell...

Re: Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56291
08/24/02 08:46 AM
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The town of San Pedro on
Ambergris Caye is often
described in tourist brochures
as a tropical paradise. That may
be true, but as the bible reminds
us, paradise is not without its
problems. For San Pedro the
problems of the last few years
have been hurricanes and fires...and despite the
approaching height of the hurricane season, no one
was prepared for the upheaval that struck the
town last night. News 5's Jacqueline Woods

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting
Overturned planes, smashed boats and houses
without roofs suggest that whatever hit San Pedro
Thursday night was more than a thunderstorm.

Julie Spalding, Bartender, BC's Bar and Grill
"The first thing I thought was...a hurricane because
when I
looked up at the sky I saw like smoke, I saw like little
of fire."

Raines Flowers, Resident, San Pedro
"I was just sticking my head out the window and I see
from a distance this big ball of smoke coming. And for a

minute I thought it was fire or something, but I didn't
no fire engine nothing."

Jacqueline Woods
"From what direction did you see it coming?"

Raines Flowers
"From seawards, it was coming straight from the ocean."

Katherine Crown, Tourist
"We couldn't see what was coming, we just felt it coming
and hitting us. And it seemed to come kind of this way
that way both at the same time. And they thought it was
waterspout, then they're saying this morning it was a

Jacqueline Woods
"Do you believe it was a tornado?"

Victorio Barbosa, Resident, San Pedro
"I believe, it could only be that because a storm, when
going to rain you first feel the breeze and so, but this
this came all of a sudden with everything."

Katherine Crown, a tourist from the United States was
sitting with her family and friends having a late night
bite to eat at BC's Bar and Grill when the weather
made a sudden change. Crown says it was around
10:30 when the breeze grew eerily calm. Then,
without warning came a strong gust of wind.

Katherine Crown
"A sudden wind came and it got really cold and then
started blowing all over the place. Pizza boxes blowing
over, all the food blowing all over. The beer bottles,
my son
went to take a sip of beer and the bottle went down
And then we hit the floor. I was on the floor, something
me on the head, my daughter-in-law was on the floor
something hit her on the head too and we had a couple
gashes and lumps. And then my son-in-law grabbed me and
pulled me into a closet. But everything was all over the

place, strewn all over the place."

Next door at Aqua Dives, three boats were damaged
when this twenty-eight foot boat was picked up and
thrown on top of two other vessels.

Emil Cano, Front Desk Manager, Aqua Dives
"This one over this side is down, we have some damages
sustained to several other ones on this side, since it
it on top of one another. But this one, on the other
side it's
pretty extensively damaged, I think this one is down."

From the beachfront, the system then made its way
across to the island's airstrip.

Jacqueline Woods
"At the San Pedro airstrip, the system damage two of
Island's airplanes. The company says the damages could
cost as much as a million Belize dollars."

Fernando Trejo, Managing Director, Maya Island Air

"Well we have two airplanes that are completely damaged
and that's it."

Jacqueline Woods
"They were parked safely on the tarmac?"

Fernando Trejo
"Yeah, they were parked right here."

The swath of destruction continued to the back of the
island where it hit the boatyard; ironically a place
was lashed mercilessly by Hurricane Keith in 2000.

Michael Caldwell, Owner, Sunset Bar
"We had about fifty people in the bar and had a pretty
party going on. A little bit of rain and then the wind
picked up
a little bit and then it turned loose on us. A little
came right across the bar directly across our dance
here. We all got into a corner and ducked down and held
real tight."

Eight boats, a golf cart and dock were extensively

Michael Caldwell
"We lost our roof and a lot of tables and chairs and
damage to some TVs and stereos and stuff, so we lost
probably ten of fifteen thousand dollars last night."

From the boat yard, the wicked weather made its way
across the lagoon and into the heart of San Pedrito.
One house was moved eight feet off its foundation,
while three houses lost their roofs.

Victorio Barbosa, Resident, San Pedro
"I just heard a little, like the noise coming. All of a
the door was thrown inside, so I dashed myself under the

table and told my wife to dash down to the floor. But in
instance everything was gone."

Jacqueline Woods
"Roof everything?"

Victoris Barbosa
"Everything was gone. That has a...well if the house
took the
hurricane's hundred and sixty miles, I believe this was

John Moro's house was the last hit before the phantom
menace finally headed out into the lagoon.

John Moro
"I was laying here in the bed about 10:30 when the
passed with a lot of wind and a lot of sand and rain
that was
right through to my windows and my doors. And when I was

here in my bed I saw a big piece of zinc drop right
to the floor. And from that I go right through to the
and I tried to go right through to the last door that
was in
the back of this house and I went right through to one
of my

Jacqueline Woods
"Could this have been forecasted and could the
residents been forewarned?"

Justin Hulse, Deputy Chief Meteorologist
"Well our forecast last night for thunderstorms was a
general forecast, not for extremely intense
We were going for small craft caution at sea for all the
boats to be cautious in the thunderstorms because near
thunderstorms you get like sudden gusts up to maybe
forty-five miles per hour. It's not the normal damage,
one of two thunderstorms, the really intense
do this."

While the weather bureau maintains that it was just a
strong squall, the people who lived through it are
convinced that whatever hit San Pedro was something
much more severe.

Michael Caldwell
"It was a tornado. I lived up in tornado alley up in the

States. When it picks up a golf cart and moves it fifty
and drops it again, it's a tornado."

But even if this event is never officially classified as
tornado, Thursday night's experience will serve as a
reminder--as if San Pedranos needed one--that when
it comes to weather, we can never be too prepared.
Reporting for News 5, Jacqueline Woods.

Waterspouts, which are small tornadoes occurring
over water, have been spotted on a number
occasions up and down the coast, including in front
of San Pedro.

Re: Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56292
08/24/02 03:01 PM
08/24/02 03:01 PM
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I was one of the people at BC's that night. It was not to be believed - the rain had been relentless earlier and we had taken a cab to the Blue Grille which had stop serving at 9:30 so we had walked in the rain to BC's. Everything seemed to be getting better and then the wind started up again and got stronger and stronger. The two men sitting next to me at the bar immediately got to the floor under the bar and I followed suit. The most frightening part was not knowing what was going on - was it going to get worse - was the water going to flood the area we were in - was the bar going to stand or would it come crashing down - it was just incredible. Although the airport did take a hit and we talked to several people who lost the roofs on their houses, but overall everyone came out OK.

It was a pretty wild ending to a pretty wild trip.

Re: Storm clouds circled San Pedro this evening. #56293
08/24/02 09:29 PM
08/24/02 09:29 PM
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WOW Beale, glad you are unhurt.
Must have been some anxious minutes.

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