The damage hurricane Earl caused in Belize
BELIZE CITY - Belizeans are cleaning up from the flooding and damage caused by Earl when it hit the country early yesterday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.
The system, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and is now drenching portions of southern Mexico, caused damage to houses, businesses, government and private buildings. It also downed trees and electrical wires, leaving several roads blocked.
Hurricane force conditions were experienced primarily over northern Belize and the country experienced up to 12 inches of rainfall.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) said inland and coastal flooding occurred in the central and northern cities in Belize, in addition to the Cayes.
Following the first day of clean up, yesterday, the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) resumed operations. All bus lines resumed normal schedule today.
A damage assessment and needs analysis began yesterday, immediately after the all clear was given at 9 a.m.
At 10 a.m., Tropical Storm Earl was about 30 miles north northeast of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. It was carrying maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Earl is forecast to move inland into the Mexican state of Veracruz later today or tonight.
No significant change in strength is anticipated before it makes landfall.