Evacuations Underway in San Pedro and Caye Caulker as Beryl Approaches

Evacuations Underway in San Pedro and Caye Caulker as Beryl Approaches

With the threat of rains and strong winds from the outer bands of Hurricane Beryl, residents of San Pedro and Caye Caulker have begun evacuating the mainland, bracing themselves for Beryl’s impact. Authorities have urged all residents in affected areas to take necessary precautions and to stay informed through official channels. Local shelters have been set up to accommodate evacuees ready to assist those in need. Jaleeza Roberts reports on the Caye Caulker perspective with the help of our correspondent, Beatrice Chan.

Reporter: As Hurricane Beryl advances towards the Yucatan Peninsula, Belizeans are taking proactive measures to safeguard themselves and their communities from anticipated heavy showers and strong gusts. The Meteorological Service of Belize has issued a tropical storm watch forecasting that the storm’s impact will be mostly felt in the north. In the light of these warnings, droves of residents from San Pedro and Caye Caulker have began evacuating to safer locations on the mainland.

Danny Torres, Supervisor: From this morning very busy as you can see. No boats is here so everything is out already. Mostly locals traveling. Everybody is trying to get safe. Every run is going with two boats. So I would say about three or four boats up to now. All with the diesels full. Well as you can see we are ready prepared. We brought down all the signs already. We already strapped up the buildings and whenever we close, we’re going to close it up with the plywood.”

Reporter: On both islands, evacuation efforts have been underway since Monday. We met Shaheem Adolphos, a Belize City resident, who spoke about his reason for leaving La Isla Bonita. 

Shaheem Aldophus, Belize City Resident: “I advise everybody to evacuate the island because they don’t know if the storm might get worse. I come in because I have to help my family too. That’s my main purpose. I’m going to nail up the windows and everything right now. I am dealing with mom and my kids.”

Reporter: For many islanders like Paula Uck seeking refuge from the impending storm meant securing her home on Caye Caulker by boarding up windows and hopping on a crowded boat.

Paula Uck, Caye Caulker Resident: “I heard about and I watched it on the news and that’s why I’m traveling to check my kids already.

Reporter: What was it like on the boat? Was the boat extremely crowded ? 

Paula Uck, Caye Caulker Resident:  “Yes from this morning we just got like two more boats coming from the island to Belize City and then it’s very crowded. Two boats from Caye Caulker to Belize.”

Reporter: What kind of preparations did you make before you left your home ? 

Paula Uck, Caye Caulker Resident:  “Save everything.”

Reporter: All of your neighbors are leaving too ? 

Paula Uck, Caye Caulker Resident:  “Yes my neighbors, my friends some of my friends left from yesterday.” 

Reporter: Both water taxi companies have suspended runs to and from the island until the all clear is issued. This means today was the last day for visitors like  Taegan Kim to leave the island. 

Taega Kim, Visitor: “Thankfully my plan wasn’t impacted too heavily and I was able to get out of the island so pretty happy about that. The storm wasn’t going to hit until I left my original plans and right before the storm.”

Reporter: While the storm’s exact trajectory remains uncertain. Authorities emphasize the importance of staying informed through official channels. 

Ronald Gordon, Chief Met Officer, NMS: “We are under a tropical storm watch. That’s for the north of the country from Belize City northward including the islands. That means that tropical storm conditions are possible in that area. I want to clarify perhaps a misconception in the public that from a watch you must go to a warning. It is not necessarily the case. A watch means that we monitor and if we notice that they system is shifting further north or if that the tropical storm force winds will not extent into our area then the watch can be downgraded into a warning So I think that’s important. A watch does not necessarily mean that it will escalate to a warning.”

Reporter: Emergency response teams have been meeting since Monday and shelters have been opened to accommodate those seeking refuge from the storm. Providing essential supples and support as a community bands together to weather the impending storm.

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