Back To Business As Usual After Tropical Storm Harvey

On August 21, 2011 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

The sun is back out a day after TS Harvey passed through Belize

We had been watching the weather reports closely for several days as a low pressure system began building out in the Caribbean Sea near the coast of Nicaragua. By Thursday the system had become a tropical depression and on Friday it was officially named Tropical Storm Harvey off the coast of Honduras. It was at this stage that warnings for the coast of Belize were sent out and people on the island and across the country were listening closely to the radio for updates and beginning to make preparations to be ready for when the storm would reach us on Saturday afternoon.

Early Saturday morning most of the Ragga bwoys headed down to the office and then began moving all of our boats around to the back of the island were they would be safe from the breeze and surges. The rain was coming down hard but the crew got everything done and then we just waited it out. There were reports that the storm could increase to a hurricane when it reached land in Belize and that it would hit further down south near Dangriga. We still stayed on alert though because you never know what Mother Nature will do. But by lunch time the storm was weakening and it was clear that Caye Caulker wouldn’t be feeling the wrath of Harvey. We were just hoping that everyone would stay safe down south.

Harvey made landfall in Belize at 1pm and made its way west. Stann Creek district and Cayo district received a lot of rain which caused some flash flooding, but overall Harvey caused a lot less damaged then was expected which was a huge relief. On Caye Caulker we had nothing more than some clouds and a slight breeze. You never would have even known there was a tropical storm passing over. We got very lucky.

We unfortunately had to cancel two overnights planned for Friday and Saturday due to the weather, but the sun is shining again today and we are back to business as usual! Let’s just hope that Belize has no more threats for the remainder of the hurricane season and everyone stays safe!

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