The storm hit Belize on the 30th September 2000. It remained in the area for 4 days with winds of 60-135 mph and torrential rains. Hurricane Keith affected the coastal islands of Belize as a Category 3 hurricane but weakened to a tropical storm before actually making landfall in mainland Belize. The Keys (San Pedro and Caulker) were hardest hit, where more than 2,000 persons were affected. Approx. 30,000 people were affected by flooded communities in the rural districts of Belize, Orange Walk, Corozal and Cayo. Many houses were destroyed as much as 60 % in the Keys.