Hurricane Rina passes us by!!

On October 27, 2011 in Caye Caulker

To all of those of you who are interested, the past couple of days have been rather less un-eventful on the weather front, than one might have imagined!!

When any storm/ hurricane develops in front of us we all take notice. Hurricane Rina formed as a depression in the morning of Monday 24th and by lunchtime, she was already a Category 2 Hurricane. For many this was enough of an alarm bell to start packing their bags and leaving the island. For others, we just waited and watched the advisorys to keep ourselves informed.

Rina never really had any intention of coming to Belize, all models always had her very much bearing down on the Yucatan of Mexico (and we are crossing our fingers that she passes without much noise there too!!). However, by Monday night, NEMO had informed us of voluntary evacuation and closing of schools in Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye (for most of us on the island we felt that was very much alarmist). If you were watching the weather channel you would have thought that we were all running from Caye Caulker too!!

Yesterday many of the islanders were woken at 6am to the sound of the evacutation sirens, to inform evacuees that water taxis would be stopping their service very shortly that morning – in fact, today, Thursday 27th am, service still has not been resumed!

The truth of the matter is that Rina (as predicted) passed with no increase in wind, little to no rain and just some moderate swells on the other side of the reef – causing many of the children to surf the small waves on kayaks at the split yesterday!!

Today we have sunshine – Caye Caulker is truly blessed!!!

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