In the wee hours of the morning on September 3rd a hurricane hit Belize. In fact, it hit just a few miles south of where we live. We had been watching Tropical Storm Nana make its way here, and thankfully, it turned into a hurricane with 75 mph winds just before hitting land, so it just barely made the grade to be classified as a hurricane. That means it was pretty weak by hurricane standards. If you look at this chart below you can see how much difference in strength just a few miles per hour wind speed makes. For example, if the winds had been just 10 miles an hour more, then the hurricane would have been nearly 3 times as strong! And we certainly would have sustained a lot more damage than we did.
|Even this weakest of hurricanes blew the roof off 10 homes in the village, and caused 3 homes to|
fall down off their posts. This is one of the fallen homes. (Photo credit to Hopkins UnCut)
|Another fallen home - this one made the news. Fortunately, the home didn't fall until the morning |
after the hurricane, just after the residents had stepped outside. (Photo credit to Hopkins UnCut)
|Our friend's fallen house - thankfully nobody had been living there, but it was uninsured.|
|There were LOTS of trees down, which is apparently what caused the damage to this truck. We were|
super fortunate to not have any people injured or killed. (Photo credit to Hopkins UnCut)
|I think everyone who had a palapa like this lost it. This used to be a restaurant we liked called|
Laruni Hati. (Photo credit to Hopkins UnCut)
|There was also damage to several docks. This resort lost the end of their dock that had been covered|
by a palapa. Thankfully, their boat was not damaged.
|Bread and Butter Cayes is a favorite island to visit, and it was not spared. Where these guys are |
standing in the water at what appears to be a fence - that used to be land. It will have to be refilled
with conch shells and sand.
|This cabana lost part of its roof, and more damage was done to the big|
cabana there. We were supposed to be out there right now for a couple of
nights with friends, but that is being rescheduled.
|On a positive note, the hurricane did deposit a lot of new sand on the beaches. |
|Granola peanut butter balls - the recipe made lots more, but this was all that was left by the time|
I remembered to take a photo. Apparently they were a hit.
|I (Cara) am missing in person Yelp events, although the virtual events that |
Yelp has been offering via Zoom are pretty nice. And, you can join Yelp
events from across the US this way. This is from a yoga event.