Hurricane Earl ( 4th August, 2016)
Hurricane Earl was the fifth named storm and second hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. Around 06:00 UTC on August 4, Earl made landfall just southwest of Belize City, Belize, as a Category 1 hurricane with wind speeds of 80 mph (130 km/h).
Affect on Belize
The combination of 9–12 in (230–300 mm) in rainfall and a storm surge flooded coastal areas across central and northern Belize, including the cayes. Hurricane-force winds caused widespread infrastructure damage that affected power lines, transformers, and roofs. Two cell sites were destroyed, restricting cellular data service. The resulting heavy debris blocked thoroughfares in affected areas. Overall damage was heaviest in the country's central and western regions where several rivers burst their banks. Preliminary surveys indicate that Earl damaged or destroyed approximately 2,000 homes in Belize, affecting 10,000 people. Agricultural damage across the country was estimated at over US$100 million, and overall damage was estimated at $BZ220 million (US$110 million). There were no deaths in Belize.
Affect on Caye Caulker
The storm damaged businesses reliant on tourism, such as docks and scuba shops. All power and communications were down during and after the storm, which made it difficult to relay the Caye's conditions to the outside world. While there was a lot of damage to wooden structures and to quays, the resilient island bounced back remarkably quickly.
Affect on CayeReef
Being a concrete structure we suffered only slight damage. Our perimeter fence blew down and we lost some wooden shutters. The coconut palm roots firmly held the sand on our beach.