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- Olga and Belize
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <dianecampbell at hughes.net>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 07:40:59 -0600
Transcript from Belize's Channel 7 news - December 11:
Upstart Olga aims for Belize

The hurricane season is finished – but try telling that to Olga, Tropical Storm Olga, that is.Tonight she’s sitting on the Dominican Republic and the forecasts say she’s coming our way.

Now, in the recorded history of storms, there have been 16 named December storms – 7 of those have happened since 1995.

And you can blame climate change, but while you’re pointing fingers, Olga is looking to bear down on Belize.

We visited the met office today to find out more about upstart Olga.

Ramon Frutos, Chief Meteorologist
“We closed hurricane season officially on the 30th. of November, and, by and large, we thought it was all over. “

Jules Vasquez, Reporting
But it’s not. This is Olga churning off the coast of Hispaniola, and the projections shows she’s heading for Belize

Ramon Frutos, Chief Meteorologist
“We expect Olga to continue on a westerly track, for the next 24 to 36 hours, however, the projections are indicating that Olga will be downgraded or it will weaken to a depression as it moves into the western Caribbean.”

“Come Friday morning, Olga will have already moved into our preliminary phase region, but by then it would have already weakened to a tropical depression.”

Of course, that is only the projection, and as Belizeans who just endured a topsy turvy hurricane season know all too well: What the forecasters predict is not always what happens.

Ramon Frutos, Chief Meteorologist
“It’s very unlikely that it could reach hurricane force strength or hurricane intensity, because conditions are not very, very favorable for it to intensify into a hurricane.”

“The worst case scenario would be that Olga maintains its tropical storm characteristic with winds greater than 39 miles per hour - because right now the winds are 45 miles per hour - and move into the Caribbean towards the coast of Belize as a tropical storm.”

“The best case scenario would be that Olga is downgraded or weakens into a depression and the winds would die away, it would begin to fizzle out and only produce limited rainfall over the coast of Belize”

So if you’re keeping track at home, the best advice is to be vigilant but don’t start putting back up those shutters just yet

Ramon Frutos, Chief Meteorologist
“My advice to all Belizeans is just to continue to monitor this system very closely, and we here at the weather bureau will continue to provide you with timely reports on the evolution of this system as it approaches the western Caribbean.”

Olga is only the 4th. December storm to hit land.

Eight December storms have been hurricanes – only one hit land –
that was a category two in 1925 which hit the United States.

- belize
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 09:38:48 -0600
Our thoughts and prayers go to those for whom the heavy rains and flooding have caused so much suffering.  
Ambergris Caye - Saturday morning - gray skies, off and on light rain.
Barely a breeze.  Three day weekend - but not particularly good weather for a bar-b-q. 
This past week has been interesting ----- along with continuous rainfall we have had this lingering low pressure system and some sort of solar-lunar cycle that increases high tides.    Results ---- really high water along shores, marginal wet-dry swamps looking like lakes, unpaved roads are more like canals, and we have frogs hatching in places that are normally dry and sandy.    The seas have been flat, so the high water has not caused beach erosion.   The island is coral sand on a limestone base, and it tends to absorb water pretty rapidly.  For us this is a temporary inconvenience.   
The rain is nourishing the foliage that took a bashing in Dean - things are greening up really fast.   Our house-cistern overflowed yesterday (yea!).
As much as we love the sun, for our caye there is a silver lining to the clouds (at least for the present ) and for that we are grateful.

- local forcast
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 09:46:59 -0600
Here was yesterday's weather forecast live from the Belize Weather Bureau --- not 100% verbatim, but nearly so ..........
"Last night the weather was good all over Belize.  Today's weather will be very good.  Tomorrow and the weekend also look pretty good, and there are no significant features to report.  The sea is calm, and there is a light breeze."
And he's right - the weather is very nice!!  Lest this be taken as a mock of our weather bureau, please note that when weather is "not too good", they do some serious, professional and detailed predicting/advising. 

- today and this weekend
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 09:47:24 -0600
Ambergris Caye - calm seas, light northern breeze and cooler temps.  Clear blue skies, brilliant twinkles of sunshine on the sea.   It's fabulous!
I've noted that several bloggers and forecasters anticipate "something brewing" in our area over the weekend.  Let's hope that all is brewing is another beautiful day. 
to clarify, I copy the most detailed commentary below:

Possible New Tropical Cyclone Development Late This Week into Early Next Week:
I just about fell out of my chair this morning when I saw the GFS model's forecast of a tropical cyclone developing in the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday. So, I took a look at some of the other computer forecast models and they agree in one way or another that there may be some sort of true tropical cyclone development somewhere from the northwest Caribbean northeastward to the Bahamas this weekend. This potential development stems from a couple of areas. One is some deep convection east of the Bahamas, another is an area of convection in the central Caribbean southeast of Jamaica and yet another is the energy from the remanants of Karen now located to the east of the Leeward Islands. Somehow it seems that all three areas could combine in some way to form some sort of tropical storm this weekend. Now let's take a look at the computer forecast guidance and see what it says:

The 00 UTC GFS model forecasts that an area of low pressure will form near Andros Island in the Bahamas on Saturday morning and the GFS forecasts this system will track through the Florida Straits on Saturday night into Sunday morning. After moving through the Florida Straits, the GFS model forecasts this system will track westward through the Gulf of Mexico early next week before coming ashore on the central or southern Texas coast next Thursday night (October 11th).

The 06 UTC GFS model has a slightly different and an actually more climatologically favored scenario. This model forecasts that a weak area of low pressure will form near the southeastern Bahamas on Friday morning and move west-southwest to southwest over central Cuba and into the western Caribbean late Friday night and Saturday morning. The GFS model then forecasts this system will track northwestward out of the western Caribbean and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Columbus Day. Once in the Gulf of Mexico, the GFS model forecasts this storm to possibly affect the northwestern Gulf of Mexico by the weekend of October 13th and 14th.

The Canadian model forecasts that a low pressure system will form somewhere between Eleuthera and Long Island in the Bahamas on Friday and forecasts this storm to move through the Florida Straits on Saturday night and moves into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. The Canadian model then forecasts this system will move across the Gulf of Mexico next week and come ashore in south Texas next Thursday night (October 11th).

The NOGAPS model forecasts lowering surface pressure and possible development in the far western Caribbean this weekend.

The UKMET model forecasts significant pressure falls in the western Caribbean late this weekend into early next week, however, this model does forecast actual tropical cyclone formation, but the setup is there for it to happen.

I am a lot more concerned about the potential for tropical cyclone development in the western Caribbean or in the Bahamas this weekend, as the overall environment will be more favorable for development than it is for the current area of disturbed weather that is labeled Invest 90-L. I am leaning much more towards development in the western Caribbean than near the Bahamas since the western Caribbean is actually more favored for development in October than is the Bahamas. This thinking is supported by the 06 UTC GFS, NOGAPS and UKMET models. Even though this system has not even formed and it is only in the model forecasts, it is a potential system I will be watching for very closely and I will keep you all updated on the latest.

The next tropical weather discussion will be issued by 6 am EDT Wednesday morning.

Prepared by Rob Lightbown


- rainy day
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 14:56:40 -0600
Those big blobs on the weather map dumped quite a lot of rain on Ambergris Caye today.  My rain gauge is not too scientific (counting 1" tiles at waterline on the swimming pool) BUT all indications are that 2" fell today between 8:30 AM and 1 PM.  
Only the lightest of breezes moving from south to west to north and back to "normal" from the NE.   
Swallows were in a wonderful flight-frenzy earlier today despite the rain.   
It's only drizzling now, but skies are still very overcast, and satellite internet was out for much of the day due to the density of the cloud-cover.
It's a holiday weekend and that means at least one parade got soggy which is a shame, but we'll celebrate a rain shower over a hurricane any day! 

- all quiet
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 14:45:53 -0600
Ambergris Caye's weather today ..........
Cool breeze from the southwest (unusual) and gray skies from a little cluster of thunderstorms bouncing around nearby.
Remarkably flat seas along shore.

- Humberto
  • From: "diane at dianecampbell.net" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 14:51:32 -0400
Humberto?!  Gert, are we allowed to cuss and swear on this board??

Report from Northern Cayes of Belize .........

Weather:    Breezes have been cooler than usual, seas are a wee bit choppy,
occasional refreshing brief rain-showers.  In general it's gorgeous.  Reef
is fine too. 

Other tidbits: Not many tourists as is customary at this time of year, most
restaurants closed for vacation and national holidays.  Belize will
celebrate 26 years of independence on the 21st of Sept.  Let's hope we're
able to have a wonderful celebration and carnival parade.  

Many residents in the cayes are concerned that we do not have the stamina
or will to make a good judgement call "next time" if the "next time" is
this year.  
On the opposite end of the attitude spectrum ......... I have a friend who
really truly and seriously wants to ride in a hurricane hunter airplane
---- you gotta love that spunk.

AND --- the trees that broke and bent and crashed (in Dean) are sprouting
new leaves and flowers and the birds are back in droves (or flocks or
droves of flocks).  

When you ask a Belizean "How's it going man?"......... 
a common reply is:  "OK up until now."

We're ok up until now, and hope to stay that way!  

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- too much information?
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 09:14:15 -0600
In Belize we're relieved to have been spared the wrath of Felix. 
On reflection, I have several comments to make --------- here is observation/reflection #1:
About the information we post on the internet.  (This is not so much about this particular board, but is something to reflect on overall in states of emergency.)
Way back at the beginning of time when I got an answering machine I was told ---- do NOT announce "I'm away and can't call you back until such-and-such a date"....... it's an open invitation to thieves.
Then a little bit further down the line when I got e-mail I was advised NOT to use the "vacation" function for the same reason.
Fast forward to today and these hurricane postings --- on some of our local message boards about Felix last week,  I saw lists of who evacuated, which hotels had only one watchman,  who did or did not board up etc -----  seems like in an effort to "help",  some of us have opened the doors for bad-guys to walk into unoccupied and unguarded homes.     I even posted that I was leaving the island ---- duh.  
Let's remember not to post other people's plans, especially not to post which properties are nearly empty or minimally staffed.  
If we want to post about ourselves and take full responsibility for letting the world know we're away, that is up  to us - I'll do my best to keep from shooting myself in the foot in the future. 

- Belize info
  • From: "Benavides, Nelson" <Nelson.Benavides at pegs.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 11:34:53 -0700
Sharing Info
Nelson Benavides
Utell Hotels & Resorts
From: James & Jamila
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 12:03 PM
To: Hon. Prime Minister
Subject: Hurricane Felix

To All: 

Status of Hurricane Felix



At 12 o clock mid day The Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Said Musa declared an all clear phase for Belize, however from Independence south to the Belize Guatemala Border there remains a Tropical Storm Watch. 

This morning I withdrew the volunteer evacuation phase for both Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker to stop people from carrying out any Evacuation. 

The earlier notice of water being shut off has been rescinded.  I am keeping the Coastguard on the Island to ensure safe return of our boats and evacuees.  The police will keep a watchful eye on the repatriation of our residents and will stay on high alert until things get back to normal. 

I am on standby for the south and will keep informed all concerned of any change to the situation.  However the Relief and Reconstruction of the Corozal District will continue as soon as the storm has dissipated. 

At this juncture I would like to say that without the people mentioned below my task would have been Impossible.  I would like to praise:

Government of Belize, NEMO, San Pedro Emergency Committee, Caye Caulker Emergency Committee, Coast Guard, Belize Defence Force, The Police Department, Belize Fire Service, The Public Service, The Customs Department, The Immigration Department, Belize Electricity Ltd., The San Pedro Water Co. Ltd., Belize Water Service, Belize Telemedia Ltd., British Army Training Support Unit Belize,HMS Portland of The Royal Navy.     

There were some challenging situations These people and their leaders worked diligently to insure the Safety and Security of all our residents, both of The Cayes and Corozal District.  I ask all the recipients of this E-Mail to please pass it on to their staff and members. 

I Thank God for sparing us again. 


James Janmohamed

NEMO District Coordinator.  





- sunday night
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 19:45:48 -0600
Government is preparing for an emergency very seriously.
Police announced that all officers are to report to work tomorrow at 6 am - no excuseses.
Advice to get out of harm's way are coming over radio all evening.
I'll evacuate tomorrow morning.   Will try to maintain contact but can't guarantee anything.
Several neighbors are staying in homes that are a few rows off the beach.  The homes are strong, and if their nerves hold up these folks will probably manage to be ok.
Those of us from the cayes are concerned about what happens if we evacuate and can't get back to the island - but one day at a time. 
Phone lines out of country are busy a lot now - so we are already loosing communications. 
Love and light
Ambergris Caye, Belize


- Cat 5
  • From: "SailSports Belize" <info at sailsportsbelize.com>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 18:40:24 -0700
Thats all we need another cat 5 heading towards Belize.
Airlines and boats are gearing up for busy day tomorrow moving people off the islands.
have just put all the boats and gear back on the beach and going to take it all down again tomorrow.
Boards are going back up.
spoke to a couple of the inland resorts and hotels and they are getting concerned that they wont be able to cope with the number of people moving inland. At this point anywhere along the coast of Belize could be hit.

- sunday and felix
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 14:55:36 -0600
Sunday afternoon, approaching 3 pm.
Local radio is announcing that schools will not open tomorrow for the semester as planned.  No alternative date has been suggested.
Many people are waiting until Monday AM to make fight or flee decisions.   Tourists are leaving today and tomorrow. 
Boards are still up on a lot of homes from the Dean prep, and others are going back up now.
Nobody is taking this lightly, but there is a resignation of spirit as well ......... we're tired,  many people are broke, and given the scope of the storm there seems no sure safe haven. 
Will post more as time allows.  Nobody thinks this will be easy.  
Felix - please relax and go away, please. 


- Felix
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <dianecampbell at hughes.net>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 17:38:37 -0600
Sheesh guys,  Felix.   We're busy trying to forget Dean.   Thanks John Fuller for noticing that Belize and Yucatan need a break - we do, indeed.
We're watching with concern. 
If one is to trust the computer models, you'd bet on a hit in Placencia area (which can kind-of take it) or Belize City (which kind-of can't).  
As usual, too soon to tell, but not too soon to worry.
On Ambergris Caye most of the birds have returned (after Dean) which is wonderful -  I'm watching them for signals about the dreaded "F-word".
We're still a bit short of pelicans since H. Dean - do you guys in other islands have ours?   Send them back please, we miss them. 
Weather today - hot, humid, semi-cloudy skies, relaxed seas,  tides reasonable, people VERY cool and groovy, life good.   
More of same please.    We like it here.
Belize's "September Celebrations" are huge - all about Independence and things like that - fun, carnivals, parades, pageants, Queen of the Bay ---- it's the month that rocks for locals - pray that the weather-gods grant us a window for these traditions and joy.
Cheers -

- tropical wave
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 16:54:54 -0600
Dean was a  "dry hurricane" -   Yesterday's tropical wave was anything but dry - in fact it set some records.
In 18 hours, 10 inches of rain hit Belize City (which lies below sea level) and Ladyville (just north of Belize City and the location of our international airport) - if that was not enough a particularly high tide rolled in during the rains.
This rainfall not only set a record for a day, but actually topped the August total rainfall record of 8" for Belize City.
What happened ........
Belize City more or less shut down - 2-3 feet of water throughout the roads, streets, and in some homes and businesses yesterday - today pretty much drained away, but some soggy clean up remains to be done.
Ladyville - International Airport runways flooded, causing the cancellation of a TACA flight to El Salvador.
What kind of Obeah do we need to do to smash Invest 94 ? 

- Emailing: IMG_1381
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 11:29:54 -0600
Ambergris Caye Update:
I promised you photos of a special sunrise - this was the 25th of August .......... and a reminder of why we're here.
I could send some "shattered pier" photos but I think you have seen enough of those from elsewhere already.
Today a tropical wave has the water churned up again and the skies are gray.  
Nothing much to complain about ..............  except shattered nerves.   A lot of us sat it out through Keith, and Dean has brought back bad memories a little too vividly.
Safe passage and calm seas to all .......
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- Dean
  • From: "diane at dianecampbell.net" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 16:03:54 -0400
Hi All -

We evacuated early Monday. A total of about 9,000 residents of Ambergris
Caye evacuated.  The disruption of leaving and coming back is pretty major,
but we are so fortunate to be alive and well - we're feeling blessed. 

We arrived home on the island late Wednesday.  Not possible to post any
news until now.  
Corozal Town surrefered the most damage in Belize, with simple homes
demolished, and trees and power lines etc, down.  

2,000 people are homeless in Belize - that may not sound like a lot, but
with a population of only 250,000 in the whole country, it is a significant
number to us here.  Red Cross, and private organizations and individuals
are opening hearts, stores and wallets to bring relief to those who need it.

Not much rain here from Dean, so no floods to report. 
Papaya and other crops wiped out in Corozal area.

San Pedro suffered primarily beach mess and pier damage.  A few palapas in
the water, and LOTS of sweet almond trees down all over the place.  Some
boats sunk. 

Tourists are arriving and most things in town are normal.

Power was restored to the town Thursday, and is now functioning 4 miles
north of town.  Sunday should see the balance of the electrical service

When I have internet back online in office I'll post some photos.  
Today's sunrise was astonishing.

Our hearts go out to all in Mexico who got the brunt of this monster - the
mandatory evacuation of residents saved lives for sure - Mexican government
is to be commended (again and as usual in energencies).

More later-----

Diane Campbell


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- close brush with Dean
  • From: "SailSports Belize" <info at sailsportsbelize.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 17:02:32 -0700
Just got back today and amazed at how lucky the island was.  Dean made land fall about 50miles or so north  and the town has very little structural damage, nothing much was open yesterday and the clear up had started in earnest today. the waves came high up the beaches although a lot of it was blocked by the reef, a lot of the piers have some damage, quite a few trees down but not a whole lot more. unbelievable. The north part of the island and the mainland towns of Corozal and Chetumal in Mexico didn't get off so lightly.

- ambergris caye belize
  • From: "SailSports Belize" <info at sailsportsbelize.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 05:19:46 -0700
am not in Belize but have just spoken to several people on the island.
wind is starting to calm down, think they will be able to get out in an hour or so. in town and south island not as bad as Keith, water didnt come up as high and wind gusts werent as strong. several or most of the piers on the front have gone. some damaged houses but other wooden houses still ok. the trees still have leaves although quite a few down.

- Dean Sunday Night
  • From: "dianecampbell at hughes.net" <dianecampbell at hughes.net>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 22:07:40 -0400
Today the weather on Ambergris Caye was absolutely beautiful - blue skies,
calm seas, light breeze and perfect temperatures.  

Birds were pretty much gone until late in the day when we did see some
woodpeckers and a couple of frigates.  Haven't seen a pelican in a couple
of days.  Chacalakas were making ruckus yesterday but are silent today.

Voluntary evacuation of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker is happening -
maybe 1,500 or so have gone.   Tourists have mostly gone.  Most long-term
residents will stay and have experience in doing so.   We're cooking chili,
storing water and keeping current with the laundry.  More importantly also
inviting folks from less secure locations to shelter with us.  

We are told that a large (6-8 foot)surge will occur around the back of the
95% of the local boats are out of the water or jammed in mangroves in the
shallow swamp areas that tend to protect us.

Saga Humane Sociey has the rescue animals cared for. 

Hurricane Keith (Sept 2000) was a Cat 4 (140 MPH) that stalled and battered
us 36+ hours - so those who have homes that withstood Keith are ok with the
idea of a cat 4 for 10 hours - to them it seems do-able and better than
My sense is that most people are both well-prepared and jittery.    

NEMO says that one can safely navigate to the mainland in a boat until
mid-afternoon tomorrow, and mainland rental car agencies are holding cars
ready for anybody who decides to get out and drive.  

Friends in Placencia report that they are also boarding up and hauling
boats.  That is scary for us in the north, as we thought these folks were
in the clear.

Government says that flooding from the rains will be a big problem, and
they seem more focused on that danger than on the issue for islands.

Offshore underwater parks (Blue Hole, etc.) closed early today.  Social
Security announced yesterday that their offices will be close Monda and
Tuesday on Ambergris Caye.

I'd meant to report far sooner than now, but we have spent so much time
getting ready and weather watching ...............

Visions of safety for EVERYBODY in the region are foremost in our hearts
and minds tonight and all through the coming days.     We're in this
together - today, tomorrow and next time.  
As Gilda Rdner said ............. "It's always something ........" and stil
she smiled.

Ciao and hugs
Diane Campbell

Solaria Villas
San Pedro Town 
Ambergris Caye

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- Dean
  • From: "diane at dianecampbell.net" <diane at dianecampbell.net>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 07:38:56 -0400
It's very early morning on Ambergris Caye - I woke up at 4:30 just
wondering what is happening - reading everything and getting nervious.   
Local population is paying close attention to Dean.  Not sure what will be
today's reaction to the intensification overnight.

As of yesterday, most tourists had booked departures for Saturday or
Sunday.  Pretty much all the women and children in families who live in
modest plywood homes or in low-lying (former swamp) areas have gone or are
going today to the mainland.

Those of us in strong buildings have been counting on the storm to swing
north and give us a scare not a hit.  One always wonders if that is really

We took in all the cats from the humance shelter yesterday - 15 of them in
roomy sturdy cages, in a concrete storage room in a concrete building as
far from the sea as you can reasonably get on this narrow island.

Many island boats are out of the water already, probably the rest of them
pulled today.

Seems we are all prepared --- praying for the good people of Jamaica,
Cayman, Cozumel, Cancun ............ !!!!!!!

Not sure what is happening on the mainland of Belize --- last report was
yesterday and things were pretty calm.

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- Dean
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <dianecampbell at hughes.net>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 15:18:19 -0600
Belize emergency advisors are figuring that Dean will hit Kingston as a Cat 3.    Jamaica - take care and get ready. 
We're told that on Sunday the weather indicators will allow a judgment about the risk to Belize. 
Not much time to react for those of us out in the cayes - be sure that preparations are done well in advance ---- then hang on and hope for the best.

- Dean
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <dianecampbell at hughes.net>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 15:18:19 -0600
Belize emergency advisors are figuring that Dean will hit Kingston as a Cat 3.    Jamaica - take care and get ready. 
We're told that on Sunday the weather indicators will allow a judgment about the risk to Belize. 
Not much time to react for those of us out in the cayes - be sure that preparations are done well in advance ---- then hang on and hope for the best.

- Dean
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <dianecampbell at hughes.net>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 15:18:19 -0600
Belize emergency advisors are figuring that Dean will hit Kingston as a Cat 3.    Jamaica - take care and get ready. 
We're told that on Sunday the weather indicators will allow a judgment about the risk to Belize. 
Not much time to react for those of us out in the cayes - be sure that preparations are done well in advance ---- then hang on and hope for the best.

- tropcial wave
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <dianecampbell at hughes.net>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 07:46:17 -0600
7:40 am, Ambergris Caye - cloudy, warm, soft breezes.  Rumbles of thunder from the south an dark skies towards Turneffe and Belize City.  Small craft warning was issues for coastal waters. Seas here are calm at present.    Probably things will get more interesting around here in an hour or so.

- 14 july
  • From: "Diane Campbell" <dianecampbell at hughes.net>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 10:52:11 -0600
Ambergris Caye - looks a like full day of squalls, thunder, lightening and intermittent strong winds.  

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