Tropical Storm Lisa will make herself felt in Belize starting tomorrow afternoon. Will she be a hurricane then? Almost certainly. Landfall is estimated to be to our north, so it is unlikely that we will experience hurricane force winds, but we are expecting winds as strong as 50mph and a possible storm surge. We plan to stay put unless the forecast changes dramatically for the worse.
|These shutters serve as shade awnings under normal conditions.
|Inside one of the screened -in verandas with the sheet metal hurricane shutters in place.
|The other sea-facing screened in veranda. It's like being inside a container unit! The sheet metal panels are numbered because they are custom-fitted.
|If you look closely, you can see the hurricane shutters inside the screen.
Our workers got up all of the hurricane shutters, so our hatches are battened except for the few that Dennis and I will put up tomorrow morning. Everything that could blow away has been moved into sheltered space - kayaks, wheelbarrows, plant stands, etc. Battery-powered tools are fully charged as are flashlights, power packs for computers and other electronic. With any luck, the wild weather will pass overnight Wednesday while we and the dogs are snug inside.
Right now the weather is beautiful. Hard to imagine that Lisa is just over the horizon. Our hatches are battened and we are as ready as we can be. See you in a few days or perhaps longer if the internet goes down.