Earl strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday and roared toward a nighttime landfall in the Caribbean nation of Belize as it brushed by Honduras, leaving felled trees and power lines in its wake. The storm dumped rain on nearly all of Honduras, where officials reported a lobster fishing boat... - From ABC News
Most of the 83 people on board were rescued, but the navy was looking for two missing.
Lisandro Rosales, head of Honduras' emergency commission, said there were reports of large numbers of trees and utility poles being knocked down.
Officials also ordered the international airport in Belize City to close and archaeological reserves and national parks were shut.
Shelton DeFour, national coordinator of Belize's National Emergency Management Organization in Belmopan, said the cays — low-lying islands — were among the priorities in making hurricane preparations.
"The main aspects of the operations, in terms of movement of people from the cays, that operation so far went well," DeFour said.