We spent a lot of time cleaning up over the next few weeks, and it is going to take years for the jungle around us to fully recover, but overall we won't have any long term effects. Not everybody was so lucky, and the floods after the hurricane did more damage than the hurricane itself to those in low lying areas such as San Ignacio, which was flooded over the market and into the park in the days following the storm. It makes us glad to be hill dwellers!
|We had a lot of warning that the we were potentially |
in the storm's track.
|The horses all had to wear halters with tags with our |
name and number written on them with a Sharpie.
|In the afternoon, we were hopeful that it was |
changing direction and would pass north of us.
Because we have internet, we spent the afternoon before Earl hit keeping the village council up to date on what the storm was doing so they could get people to hurricane shelters if necessary, and make sure the village was as battened down as possible. They stopped by in the early evening, and we made sure we had everybody's phone numbers so we could keep them posted as long as we had internet and phones. Then, we ate dinner, and went in our closed up house to wait for the winds to start.
|Right before we went to bed, Earl was just off the coast of Belize.|
We went to bed around 10:15, and it was just starting to get windy. The storm was still a ways off the coast. We actually slept, until around 4AM, when it sounded like a train was going by and everything was crashing and banging.
|When we woke up to lots of noise a little after 4AM, |
we found that Earl came much closer to us than had been
predicted earlier in the day.
|The view from our door when we first went outside. |
It's too bad we can't display the smell of lots of freshly broken wood.
|A near miss for the satellite dish!|
|The kitchen was a wet mess, but no damage. |
It needed a deep cleaning anyway. ;)
|Leaf litter was plastered to everything. Leaves had just been shredded.|