This is Belize: Earl is beginning to make some waves

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The view from our dock. We're on the second floor and feel relatively comfortable even if we are only about 40 feet west of the action ....
The view from our dock. We’re on the second floor and feel relatively comfortable even if we are only about 40 feet west of the action ….

Still a few hours before the serious side of Earl begins to show himself but already he’s making himself known.

Already some planks on our dock are showing an independent streak. There will be some gaps before this night is done.

Mostly it has been intermittent drenchings and bigger than normal waves. Already our little retaining wall is proving no match for the waves, and fairly modest waves at that. The sky is a somber gray but the light still projects an eerie brightness, as if the air itself is burning phosphorescence. That, and the constant rumbling as the Caribbean’s massive waves trip over the barrier reef.

wavesAt this moment, Earl is 100 miles off the coast and moving toward us at a maddening slow 14 miles an HOUR. What did Weather Channel say? Another six to nine hours before landfall.

Argh.

So I didn’t go far afield for these photos. In fact, they are from right out the the front door. I just walked out to the beach between drenchings and snapped away.

The action has picked up even since these were taken.

Soon it will be dark and all that we will know is the rustling of wind through the palm trees, the roar and crash of waves against the retaining wall, the staccato pump of rain on the roof and — soon enough — the shrill scream of 75-90 mph winds.

In the dark, we can only imagine.

Here’s what’s up while it is still light out:

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8 thoughts on “This is Belize: Earl is beginning to make some waves

    Bruce Krietsch said:
    August 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for the updates. Many of us own down there but aren’t there. Again thanks.

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    Lynn said:
    August 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Your pictures are stunning!! Scary, but stunning! Be safe!

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    Pat Del Gavio said:
    August 3, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Break out the hammer nail those buggers. Best wishes

    Pat Del Gavio Del Gavio Group Main (650) 529-2002 x235 Mobile (650) 218-4040 http://www.delgaviogroup.com

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      itsacyn7 said:
      August 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Watching the weather channel and keep hoping Earl will shift at least slightly…good luck and be safe – all of you!
      Thanks for the updates…Cynthia

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    P Johnson said:
    August 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for ongoing updates – hope your internet stays up for awhile

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    David said:
    August 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Stay safe Ambergris…. Stay safe!!! Thinking of you from afar!

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    elizabethjewell5 said:
    August 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Following your posts! Above all stay safe. Liz

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    Linda Czestochowski said:
    August 4, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Amazing photos of Mother Nature’s errant son, Earl. Hopefully, he’ll re-think the error of his ways and change course! 😦

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