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Let’s check out what’s expected once Hurricane Beryl hits Jamaica

Based on the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) estimates, the category 4 storm will see winds of 145 mph and will most likely move west-northwest at speeds of 20 mph. The storm is anticipated to move to the west tonight or tomorrow. Previously fueled by warm seas that USA Today says “super-charged” the storm, experts continue to be stunned by Hurricane Beryl.

According to USA Today, Beryl’s core will pass near or over Jamaica today, bringing life-threatening winds and storm surges. Tides along the Jamaican coast could be anywhere from 6 to 9 feet above the normal level. Beryl is currently projected to be 300 miles east-southeast from Kingston, Jamaica’s capital. As the storm continues its projected path across Jamaica, winds will decrease but threats of danger will remain high.

Taking the threats seriously, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness has advised people to remain calm and be prepared. In anticipation of the storm, Jamaican officials have issued multiple precautionary measures, USA Today mentions.

Though Beryl is expected to weaken slightly in the upcoming days, it is still forecasted as at or near major hurricane intensity as it makes its way through Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. For this reason, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Cayman Islands have also issued trigger warnings and advisories geared towards their people.

The NHC has told USA Today “Additional weakening is expected thereafter” but that doesn’t mean countries in the storm’s path are out of the woods yet. Experts at the NHC have emphasized that Beryl is forecasted to remain a hurricane when it reaches the northwestern Caribbean.

The NHC has predicted Beryl will pass near or over the Cayman Islands tonight or Thursday morning. By early Friday, the storm is anticipated to move over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Hurricane Beryl hit Carriacou Island in Grenada as a Category 4 hurricane this Monday, with recorded wind speeds of 150 mph. Gaining strength again over the Caribbean Sea that night, USA Today labeled Beryl “the earliest Category 5 hurricane on record”.

The projected path for Berlin, while always subject to change, is expected to stay within Southern North America and Northern South America. Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as anticipated and those living in the affected areas will be able to remain safe.


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