On Monday, October 8, 2001, Hurricane Iris made landfall in the southern part of the Stann Creek District and moved onward to the Toledo District of Belize.
are dangerous, but some are much more so than others. The way storm surge,
winds, and other factors combine determines a hurricane's destructive
power. NOAA's hurricane forecasters use a disaster scale which assigns
storms a number from one to five indicating severity. Hurricane Iris was
a category four.
The Hurricane's path included coastal areas of Placencia, Monkey River and Seine Beight in Southern Stann Creek District. While substantial damage was made to these villages, the hurricane knocked up against the Maya Mountains of the Toledo District before venturing farther west. Maya villages along the Southern Highway and the western part of Toledo were destroyed by five hours of constant winds reported to be 145 mph., with gusts much greater than that number.
WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY IN THE HURRICANE
WARNING AREA SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 145 MPH...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE POSSIBLE PRIOR TO LANDFALL...BUT IRIS IS LIKELY TO MAKE LANDFALL AS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE. HIGHER WINDS MAY OCCUR OVER ELEVATED TERRAIN AS IRIS MOVES INLAND.
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