The tiny island of Belize felt the wrath of Hurricane Richard with heavy rains and howling winds. As a result, 10,000 residents and tourists have sought shelter in local schools and churches.
The 90 mph winds made landfall in Belize late last night leaving a lot of the islands tin-shed homes in ruins and knocking out power to most of the country. Nonetheless there were no reports of death or severe injuries. Prime Minister Dean Barrow said in a national address that the damage to property is in the millions but did not have an exact estimate.
The Category One hurricane has now left the island and is heading toward Mexico where it is expected to turn into a tropical storm depression. This is the tenth storm of the hurricane season.