Hurricanes have played key—and devastating—roles in Belizean history.
In 1931 an unnamed hurricane destroyed over two-thirds of the buildings in Belize City and killed more than 1,000 people.
In 1955 Hurricane Janet leveled the northern town of Corozal.
Only six years later, Hurricane Hattie struck the central coastal area of the country, with winds in excess of 300 km/h (186 mph) and 4 m (13.1 ft) storm tides. The devastation of Belize City for the second time in thirty years prompted the relocation of the capital some 80 kilometres (50 mi) inland to the planned city of Belmopan.
Hurricane Greta caused more than US$25 million in damages along the southern coast in 1978.
On October 9, 2001, Hurricane Iris made landfall at Monkey River Town as a 145 mph (233 km/h) Category Four storm. The storm demolished most of the homes in the village, and destroyed the banana crop.
Caribbean Sea, Belize.
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