Hurricane Dean made landfall in southern Mexico early on Tuesday morning. The southern edge of the category 5 hurricane passed through Belize’s northern region, bringing heavy rains, local flooding and large waves along the coast.
The government of Belize is currently assessing the full effects of the hurricane. With the exception of the Northern Corozal district, early estimates and initial hotel reports indicate minimal damage in San Pedro and Caye Caulker. There was no damage sustained in Belize City, western and southern Belize. Hotels and businesses in these areas are open and operational.
The country of Belize was placed on hurricane watch Monday by Belize’s National Emergency Organization as the storm weaved westward through the Caribbean. In responding to the forecast, the Belize government took the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of its visitors and citizens. As a result of the high level of preparedness, residents and tourists were able to effectively respond to the threats caused by the hurricane.