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Hurricane Beryl Strengthens as it Moves Towards Jamaica after Devastating the Southeast Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl Devastates Caribbean Islands, Heads Toward Jamaica as Category 5 Storm

Hurricane Beryl Devastates Southeast Caribbean, Heads Toward Jamaica and Mexico

In a historic turn of events, Hurricane Beryl has left a trail of destruction in the southeast Caribbean, claiming the lives of at least four people as it made landfall in the region. The monstrous Category 5 storm is now heading towards Jamaica and Mexico, with officials issuing warnings and urging residents to prepare for the worst.

Jamaica is currently under a hurricane warning, with Beryl expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to the island. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has urged all Jamaicans to take the hurricane seriously and prepare for possible evacuation.

Meanwhile, in the southeast Caribbean, rescue crews are assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Beryl, which landed on Carriacou in Grenada as a Category 4 storm. Three people were reported killed in Grenada and Carriacou, with another fatality in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Grenadian Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell described the situation in Carriacou as grim, with almost complete destruction of homes and buildings, and roads rendered impassable due to debris. The islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique sustained the greatest damage, with water, food, and baby formula being a priority for rescue efforts.

As Beryl continues its path towards Jamaica and Mexico, officials are warning of possible flash floods and mudslides, especially in the mountainous regions of the Caribbean. The storm, fueled by record warm waters, is the earliest Category 5 storm to form in the Atlantic.

Experts predict that Beryl will start losing intensity on Tuesday but will still be near major hurricane strength as it passes over Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring the storm’s progress and advising residents to take necessary precautions.

With the 2024 hurricane season predicted to be well above average, officials are urging residents across the Caribbean and Atlantic to stay informed and prepared for potential severe weather events. As Hurricane Beryl continues its destructive path, the importance of early warning systems and emergency preparedness measures becomes increasingly evident.

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