Sister Carlette Gentle writes:
Hurricane Lisa hit Belize City on Wednesday evening, Nov. 2, 2022, at about 5:20 p.m., as a Category 1 hurricane. Winds blew up to 85 miles per hour as Lisa moved slowly over the country at 14 miles per hour. The heavy winds toppled trees and electric poles. Rooves blown off houses flew through the air like paper blown in the wind. Houses were even completely knocked down or blown off their foundations by the heavy wind gusts.
Here, at SCN Center, we experienced heavy winds that shook the plywood boards placed over windows to protect them. The gusty winds blew down many of our trees, our neighbors’ fence was destroyed, and powerlines flew in the wind as they detached from their posts. The hurricane brought a surge of between 3 and 5 feet. Looking through the windows of SCN Center, the Caribbean Sea and our front yard looked like one level plane. We did not know where the sea started, and the street ended. This brought a lot of debris into the yard. The continuous rain and storm surge flooded the house downstairs, bringing in more than 6 inches of rain and a layer of mud.
What an experience it was. But thank God we are alive and well. We have a lot of cleanup to do here at SCN Center. However, the country and its people have a more significant setback. Many lost their homes and possessions, schools were damaged, crops were lost, and rebuilding will take a while. However, everyone is thankful that there was not a life lost, and people are coming together to help each other as a community.
We thank you all for your prayers during this hurricane. We are blessed to have the support and care of so many.
Sister Carlette shares photos and video from SCN Center and Belize City: