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Hurricane Beryl Live Updates: Storm Hits Jamaica Before Heading for Cayman Islands

Hurricane Beryl Live Updates: Storm Hits Jamaica Before Heading for Cayman Islands
Life-threatening conditions are expected in Jamaica.

Hurricane Beryl battered Jamaica with life-threatening rain, 145 mph winds and huge waves, but was now heading toward the Cayman Islands on Thursday as it weakened to a Category 3 storm.

Strong winds from the storm caused power lines to fall in Portland, Jamaica Observer Officials declared Jamaica a disaster area and imposed a curfew on Wednesday.

Information Minister Dana Morris Dixon said there are more than 900 shelters across Jamaica and an evacuation process for residents in flood-prone areas.

Eye of the storm will Approaching Cayman Islands tonight before heading to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Hurricane Beryl has killed at least seven people. The storm strengthened to a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane overnight before weakening back to Category 100. Category 4 Tuesday.

Although the storm is expected to weaken later this week, it will likely remain a major hurricane. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Beryl has the potential to hit southern Texas and Louisiana over the weekend.

Grenada suffered “unimaginable” devastation after the storm hit on Monday, Prime Minister Deacon Mitchell said. Officials said 98 percent of buildings in the island nation of 6,000 people were damaged or destroyed.

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Video: Aerial photo captures widespread devastation in Carriacou caused by Cyclone Beryl

An aerial photo captures the widespread devastation in Carriacou caused by Cyclone Beryl.

Katie HawkinsonJuly 4, 2024 10:00

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Hurricane Beryl has weakened to a Category 3 storm.

The National Hurricane Center said in its latest update that Hurricane Beryl has weakened to a Category 3 storm, but it still packs sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph).

Strong winds, dangerous storm surges and damaging waves are expected in the Cayman Islands overnight.

The core of Tropical Storm Beryl will move south of the Cayman Islands overnight and then over the Yucatan Peninsula early Friday.

The hurricane is expected to emerge over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico Friday night and head northwest.

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Hurricane Beryl leaves Caribbean in ‘massive devastation’

“The hurricane has come and gone, leaving behind a trail of destruction,” said St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.

In Grenada, Prime Minister Deacon Mitchell said they would have to “rebuild from the ground up” after visiting the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, which were hit hardest by Hurricane Beryl.

“Power was cut off and homes and buildings on the island were almost completely destroyed. Roads were impassable and in many cases, roads were cut off due to the large amounts of debris strewn all over the streets.”

Beryl is the oldest Category 5 storm on record, and it occurred at a time when the Atlantic Ocean was already warming due to global warming, approaching levels we typically see in the peak season in September.

This has raised concerns about what the rest of the Atlantic hurricane season might look like.

“It’s really scary,” Steve Maxima, a climate and agriculture expert in Grenada, told The Independent.

“When we talk about Category 4 and 5, there are very few systems or protocols that can prepare you for that. You can build resilient buildings but Category 5 winds can move concrete structures.”

Stute MishraJuly 4, 2024 09:45

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Mexico’s Caribbean coast braces for ‘rare’ double hit from Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane Beryl is expected to hit Mexico twice in a rare event, the head of Mexico’s civil defense agency said.

Maximum sustained winds were 130 mph (215 km/h) and it was moving west-northwest at 21 mph (32 km/h). Hurricane-force winds extended 45 miles from the center.

Laura Velasquez said the hurricane was expected to hit a relatively unpopulated area on the Caribbean coast between Tulum and the inland city of Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

Since the coast there is largely made up of lagoons and mangroves, there are few resorts or hotels in the area south of Tulum.

Mexican government officials on Wednesday removed sea turtle eggs from Cancun beaches in an effort to protect them from storms.

The hurricane is expected to weaken to a tropical storm as it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula, then reemerge at storm force in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

Velasquez said Beryl is expected to make a second impact on Mexican territory in the Gulf of Mexico states of Veracruz or Tamaulipas, near the Texas border.

Stute MishraJuly 4, 2024 09:15

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In pictures: Hurricane Beryl damage

View of a damaged road after a river swelled due to heavy rains following Hurricane Beryl in Comanacoa, Sucre state, Venezuela.
View of a damaged road after a river swelled due to heavy rains following Hurricane Beryl in Comanacoa, Sucre state, Venezuela. (AFP via Getty Images)
Palm trees sway in the wind and rain as Hurricane Beryl hits the southern coast of the island in Kingston, Jamaica.
Palm trees sway in the wind and rain as Hurricane Beryl hits the southern coast of the island in Kingston, Jamaica. (Reuters)
A man walks to his car after assessing a flooded road as Hurricane Beryl made landfall on the island's south coast, in Kingston, Jamaica.
A man walks to his car after assessing a flooded road as Hurricane Beryl made landfall on the island’s south coast, in Kingston, Jamaica. (Reuters)

Stute MishraJuly 4, 2024 08:45

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Jamaica curfew extended

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that a curfew imposed on the island nation will be extended until Thursday morning amid continued severe weather conditions.

The storm caused flooding, mudslides, and uprooted trees and power poles, cutting off communications to many towns.

The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper reported, citing a public utility company, that more than 400,000 people were without power.

“After reviewing the current situation, it has been assessed that the ongoing weather conditions, in addition to considerations for public safety, public order and the protection of property, justify the announcement of a new curfew,” Mr Holness wrote on the X website.

“This storm will pass, and we will recover,” Mr. Holness wrote.

Stute MishraJuly 4, 2024 08:31

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Hurricane Beryl tears roof off school as storm hits Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl tears roof off school as storm hits Caribbean

Katie HawkinsonJuly 4, 2024 08:00

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Hurricane Beryl moves away from Jamaica, heads towards the Cayman Islands

Strong winds, rain and life-threatening storm surges from Hurricane Beryl continued to batter Jamaica Wednesday evening local time as the storm continued to head west, targeting the Cayman Islands.

The Jamaican government said many roads in the country’s interior were affected by fallen trees and utility poles, while some communities in the northern section and the capital remained without power.

Hurricane Beryl is expected to weaken slightly over the next couple of days, but will remain at or near major hurricane strength when it passes near the Cayman Islands Thursday morning and reaches Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula late Thursday or Friday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The storm still had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph), making it a Category 4 storm, and was moving west-northwest at 21 mph (32 kph). Hurricane-force winds extended 45 miles from the center.

Key Message from the National Hurricane Center on Beryl
Key Message from the National Hurricane Center on Beryl (Key Message from the National Hurricane Center on Beryl)
Map showing wind potential for Hurricane Beryl
Map showing wind potential for Hurricane Beryl (National Hurricane Center)
Forecast for when strong tropical storm winds from Hurricane Beryl will arrive
Forecast for when strong tropical storm winds from Hurricane Beryl will arrive (Forecast for when strong tropical storm winds from Hurricane Beryl will arrive)

Stute MishraJuly 4, 2024 07:14

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Prime Minister says Hurricane Beryl caused ‘staggering’ damage to Barbados

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said Hurricane Beryl had devastated the country after it swept through with force on Monday.

“Although Barbados escaped the worst of Hurricane Beryl, the damage it left behind is still staggering,” Motley wrote on X.

“Today I toured some of the hardest-hit areas to assess the damage, engage with those most affected, and chart a path forward for how we can rebuild stronger and more resilient,” she added.

Stute MishraJuly 4, 2024 06:33

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In case you missed it: Watch a plane fly into the eye of Hurricane Beryl

Plane flying into the eye of Hurricane Beryl

Katie HawkinsonJuly 4, 2024 06:00