This is Belize: Seriously, Earl was barely a Class 1 hurricane?

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Part of the Dive Bar pier, I think. So much debris has washed up from so many piers that are no longer there.
Part of the Dive Bar pier, I think. So much debris has washed up from so many piers that are no longer there.

 

This morning, first light, at The Cloisters, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

There is debris everywhere from docks that were wiped out, up the coast. Ours is gone too.

Looking south, The Palapa Bar is gone too.

This was The Cloisters on Tuesday afternoon.
This was The Cloisters on Tuesday afternoon. That pier is completely gone.

Hardly any docks are standing, including the brand new one built just north of us at The Dive Bar. Some of the debris shattered doors on first floor units sending sand and water inside and driving the occupants to the second floor.

I can’t imagine what the toll must be in downtown San Pedro or in the low-lying wooden-structure villages like San Mateo.

I hear Ramon’s and Ecologic lost their docks as well. Someone said there is hardly a dive shop left.

Some photos on Facebook for you from around town:

Pictures from Corrie Sternberg, on Boca del Rio and near the Palapa Bar’s wreckage.

Pictures from Jorge Aldana, farther down the beach, near Wahoo’s

Karen Brodie’s photo of Jodie and Scott Harnish picking through the wreckage of their Palapa Bar.

And this was barely a Category 1 Hurricane.

Thanks a lot, Earl.

This morning at the Cloisters:

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13 thoughts on “This is Belize: Seriously, Earl was barely a Class 1 hurricane?

    Michael Capps said:
    August 4, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Glad you two made it through safely.

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    bruceandjanetperkins said:
    August 4, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I am speechless as l sit here in Canada watching Earl. I only hope there was no loss of life. What was it like throughout Earl, how did you prepare, what did you encounter, how is everyone coping ? Again, l am speechless,

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    Mike M said:
    August 4, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Hope Chunky and Ruthy are ok at Coral Bay.

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    Kristen said:
    August 4, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Oh Bob, I’m so sorry. Poor, beautiful, Ambergris. Of course everyone will surely come together to get it back to its former beauty soon. 😥

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    Travelguy Vacations said:
    August 4, 2016 at 7:25 am

    So sorry to see the devastation this “Cat 1” caused…

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    Tammy said:
    August 4, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Bob and Rose, OMG!!! I bet last nite was pretty scary. Frustrated I wish I could help!

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    John said:
    August 4, 2016 at 9:14 am

    To all our friends on San Pedro Michele and John wish you a full and speedy recovery,our best wishes and our hopes that everyone is OK.

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    Carole Kocian said:
    August 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Such is the nature of nature.

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    Bill Fisher said:
    August 4, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Sad, but docks and buildings can be rebuilt. I just hope everyone is safe and sound.

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    emilys72016 said:
    August 5, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I can’t believe how much damage this hurricane caused. Thankful for no loss of lives, but many have lost a lot, and this will take awhile to recover from. So sad for the island and her people, as well as the rest of the country.

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    Stacy said:
    August 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

    We were at Ramon’s this week. Just got back yesterday. We had a beachfront room very close to the dive shop and it was indeed demolished.
    Guests and staff alike worked Thursday to start cleanup. The saddest thing to me was local parents walking their children through the debris fishing for dive equipment to take.

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