Hurricane Beryl: Positive Developments Overnight For Belize but Still a VERY Dangerous Storm

Despite waking up to bad news yesterday morning, as the day progressed, the storm grew stronger but projections for Belize looked more positive as the track scooched northward. This does NOT diminish the fact that Beryl is a very dangerous storm – currently a Category 5 in the Caribbean and strenghtening…IN THE BEGINNING OF JULY!

US Navy Hurricane Center
From the US Navy Hurricane Information site

She is still almost 70 hours away…just less than 3 days away from landfall in our region. Here is the current map from StormCarib.com’s How Close Can It Get tool. (Yesterday, at this time, that 118 miles from storm was projected to be 37 miles – things can change!)

Now projected to the south of Tulum as a Cat One.

DOES THIS MEAN THAT WE ARE IN THE CLEAR? NO! This means we need to monitor the situation very very closely. We will still see effects from this storm! Watch the National Hurricane update for the updates every 6 hours.

The National Hurricane Center updates 4x a day: 5:00 AM EDT, 11:00 AM EDT, 5:00 PM EDT, and 11:00 PM EDT or Belize Time: 3am, 9am, 3pm and 9pm.

Things are looking better (FOR NOW) for Ambergris Caye but here preparations and plans that were made yesterday – to show you how seriously this is taken. First the more official announcements and then what we did.

NEMO (The National Emergency Management Organization of Belize):

Announced a VOLUNTARY evacuation of the island yesterday. This allows residents who have their primaries homes on the mainland to go home. (Many workers on Ambergris Caye have homes and families in other districts)

Maya Island Air: Last flights on or off island announced for mid-day Thursday

Tropic Air Belize:

Tropic Air for Hurricane Beryl

Water Taxi Services:

Caribbean Sprinter suspends service starting Wednesday (remember these airlines and boats need to secure their equipment – move it out of harms way – and their employees)

San Pedro Belize Express: Please check with them – they have not made an official announcement yet

These are the most important announcements. Some restaurants have closed to allow employees to go home – check first with locations before visiting.

I saw plenty of plywood being delivered yesterday in town and windows being boarded up. Boats were moving to safer areas (like the back side of the island) and some people were stocking up on food/supplies.

Here’s what we are doing

Yesterday, I started to buy supplies in town – from TP and garbage bags to ramen and peanut butter. I ordered pet food from the mainland. Ramen was running a bit low…and one- and five- gallon jugs of water but everything else was fine.

We made plans for the 4 guests that were scheduled to stay at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly until Saturday. One guest will be heading home tomorrow – and we booked a 2-bedroom condo at Grand Caribe Resort for the others. It is LARGE, cement, very well made and they have a huge generator. It’s everything you want in case of a storm.

Jeff was going to come to our house today to put up the metal storm panel – but we have decided to put that off – and, if needed, attach them tomorrow afternoon.

We will still roll the skiff out of the water at the camp – just to be safe. We will probably park our golf carts on higher land. Our yard tends to flood in heavy heavy rain. During Hurricane Earl – the storm surged damaged our cart.

And we will be watching each update for the storm very very closely.

I gained a few grey hairs over the last day or two…

We will DEFINITELY be watching the storm very very closely as should everyone in this region. Thank you all for the messages! You’ve been absolutely lovely.

And to all those “news” services…Belize News Live…stop. Stop with the catastrophic headlines. You are not helping anyone.

Now maybe we can get back to Lobster Fest!

Oh…and I finally looked up the name Beryl. It’s female (though not always). It was most popular in the 1880s to 1920s. It dropped out of the Top 1000 names in the USA in 1957. SO seriously old school.

It’s the name of a family of minerals/gems.

Different types of Beryl

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7 Comments

  1. Emily S. on July 2nd, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Glad to hear that Belize is not quite as close to Beryl’s crosshairs, and thanks for the gender classification, as I’ve been calling it a “he” storm. I guess we should have asked for its preferred pronouns! 😉 Stay safe!

  2. Cici Bazzano on July 2nd, 2024 at 11:36 am

    Gosh, hope it misses all the Belizean islands! Stay safe!

  3. J F on July 2nd, 2024 at 12:52 pm

    A notable female Beryl was Beryl Markham, who in 1936 became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her memoir West With The Night is a good read!

  4. Tom on July 2nd, 2024 at 2:17 pm

    So great to hear about the storm shifting directions. Stay safe, my friends you’ll be in our thoughts and prayers throughout the week and weekend.

  5. Ruby Bagonia on July 2nd, 2024 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve just been hoping all this pronoun crap was just that.

    • San Pedro Scoop on July 4th, 2024 at 8:25 am

      Huh? Someone picking pronouns…I’m pretty sure has no effect on you – I mean…unless you chose to make it your issue?

  6. Tom on July 3rd, 2024 at 5:08 am

    Hey Scoop.
    Good weather news storm path looks a lot better today.
    Idea. How about Government of Belize building a real nice resort In a spot that won’t get flooded during a hurricane and built to withstand a hurricane. Generators too. With a store next to it with everything needed for everyday use with generators. Use it for tourists. Have transportation to all the islands. Air strip too. Real nice for the tourists to get anywhere they want.
    Now a Hurricane is going to hit. You evacuate the tourists out of the resort because we got an emergency. Reimburse them of course. A credit for next stay. Take care of the tourists.
    Now get all the people off the island or wherever the disaster is (with the transportation used for the tourists) and put them in the resort. You got everything the people need until the disaster area is cleaned up.
    Put a gas station next to the resort. With a GENERATOR. Now you got emergency fuel. For the resort and the stores generators.
    Use the resort the store and gas station for nonprofit. All the profit goes into a fund for any kind of disaster only for a disaster.
    You would have luxury emergency shelter, store, and gas station fully functional ready every day. Making money to pay for everything.
    Jamica is going to get hit. They should call a cruise company ask to get a cruise ship over to the island after the storm and put the people into the ship. It has everything the people need. Floating mobile resort emergency shelter.

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