4 AUG - 0317 Local. I'm awakened by the sound of wind blowing through the louvered windows. Nothing special - probably 20mph no more. The two dogs are separated by only the cat. None of them wakes up.
2122 Local Another inch of rain has fallen and that's the extent of it all. Landfall isn't projected of a few hours yet and I'll probably sleep through any excitement that happens later tonight into morning. Should something exciting happen, I'll post an update.
17:22 Local Nothing to report except that I didn't get my van back. Now it'll be Friday at the earliest I'm sure. Oh well, it' going to rain all day tomorrow anyway. As you can see from the photo immediately below, lots of storm activity to the north. Center of circulation is still about Belize city but the real strength of the storm is up north and the extent of northern edge of the strongest wind field is headed for Ambergris Caye and will pass north of Corozal into the Chetumal Bay. At least, that's what it looks like from here. More to follow.
16:05 Local. The water vapor trail pictured below matches the wind speed confirming a move toward the NW. NHC just moments ago confirmed it's now Hurricane Earl at Category 1. With many hours yet before landfall and lots of hot water underneath, Earl could blossom and get much stronger. Meanwhile, will wait on report from the C-130 and keep an eye on things in the yard.
13:28 Local. Earl has become a really large storm., Spiral bands extend from the southern coast of Honduras to Cozumel, Mexico - about 420 miles across. Rain has stopped for the moment. Typical...
12:47 Local (If you haven't figured out by now that GMT is 5 hours later, go away). I do miss my van and am hoping I'll get it back this afternoon before too long because... Along the stretch of road leading into Calderitas are a fair number of trees that have been carefully trimmed by the powers that be to keep the electrical lines clear. However, none of these tree trimmers are arborists and so the trees are lopsided and hanging well over the road with no branches (e.g., weight) to counter-balance. When the blow comes, because it will sooner or later, those trees will be down. The electrical lines may survive, but traffic will be at a standstill and hopefully, no one underneath when those trees fall. I'll try to get some pics for posterity...
12:34 Local (17:34 GMT): Rain just started in fits and spurts. And so it begins my friends, and so it begins.
12:10 local (17:10 GMT). I've decided to "blog the storm" as now TS Earl heads for a landing somewhere in Belize or the southern Yucatan Peninsula. The first rains associated with the spiral bands are on the horizon. Our storm preps are done, the beer is cold, and dogs are wondering what the hell is going on.
I went out this morning to get some duct tape as I had left my roll in the van which is at the mechanics for repairs. Having lived in Florida and a number of States prone to bad storms, all I can say about Mexicans is - they are not worried. There is no rush to the shelves for bottled water, bread, or toilet paper. Everyone is going about their business as if it were another day. Indeed it's as if they were supremely prepared or supremely unaware. We shall see. Meanwhile, the skies are darkening as the first clouds from the spiral bands approach.
So long as we have power/internet, I'll report as events warrant.
Current situation: TS Earl has not formed a clear eye yet and wind speeds are not yet Cat 1 strength. Movement however has shifted to the NW meaning instead of hitting Belize City it's looking like we're on the path.