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We were greeted by ‘tropical depression’ Matthew within 12 hours of our arrival to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, a small island off the coast of Belize. This was our first severe storm since setting off on our trip. Matthew was expected to hit Belize with much more strength, so our second day was spent nervously watching the locals boarding up windows and buying up food stuffs to last a few days. The storm status quickly lowered, however, from hurricane to tropical storm and finally to tropical depression. Still, its power forced ferry services between the islands and the mainland to cease and we were obliged to hold out in San Pedro until the storm passed over Belize. Fortunately, Matthew did not cause major damage anywhere.