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Live updates on Hurricane Beryl: Category 4 storm hits Jamaica as it moves through the Caribbean

Live updates on Hurricane Beryl: Category 4 storm hits Jamaica as it moves through the Caribbean

Life-threatening conditions are expected in Jamaica.

Hurricane Beryl is battering Jamaica with life-threatening rain, 145 mph winds and a storm surge that could raise coastal waters by 9 feet after charting a deadly path across the eastern Caribbean.

The Category 4 storm’s high winds have already downed power lines 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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Hurricane Beryl leaves Caribbean in ‘massive devastation’

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

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.

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.

Late Wednesday night, the storm’s center was about 500 miles (800 kilometers) east-southeast of Tulum, Mexico.

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

A view of a damaged road after a river swelled due to heavy rains following Hurricane Beryl in Comanacoa, Sucre state, Venezuela.
A 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.

The curfew came into effect at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday (4:00 a.m. GMT Thursday) and will last all night until 6:00 a.m. (11:00 a.m. GMT) on Thursday.

“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.

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

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Indian cricket team returns after Cyclone Beryl

India’s World Cup-winning team arrived home on Thursday morning on a special flight sent to evacuate players and officials.

The team has been stuck in Barbados due to Hurricane Beryl since Sunday.

The team, accompanied by their families, support staff, board officials and media representatives, returned on a special chartered flight of Air India.

However, despite the delay, enthusiastic fans stood at the airport to welcome the team and the T-20 World Cup.

Stute MishraJuly 4, 2024 05:36

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UN provides relief aid to Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Beryl

UN officials in Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are working closely with local leaders to assist with recovery efforts.

“So far, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have reported hundreds of people in shelters,” a UN spokesman said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the international community to “show solidarity” with all Caribbean countries in the path of Hurricane Beryl, his spokesman said.

Katie HawkinsonJuly 4, 2024 05:01