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Update on Hurricane Beryl: The storm is gaining strength as it heads towards Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and Tulum

Hurricane Beryl on its way to the Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of Mexico

Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is bracing for Hurricane Beryl, which has re-strengthened to a Category 3 storm and is expected to make landfall early Friday morning with winds of 185 km/h and a dangerous storm surge.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the region will experience life-threatening winds, a storm surge of up to 6 feet (1.8 meters), and up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rainfall.

Hurricane Beryl will then bring dangerous rip currents to the Gulf Coast over the weekend before it is expected to reach southern Texas on Monday, the National Weather Service predicts.

“Just a reminder for folks, especially in South Texas, to continue to check for forecast updates,” National Hurricane Center Director Michael Brennan said Thursday afternoon.

Hurricane Beryl has killed at least 10 people, Reuters reports. Two of the fatalities – the first in St. George's, Grenada, and the second in Hanover, Jamaica – died after hurricane-force winds tossed trees onto their homes.

Hurricane Beryl devastated Jamaica on Wednesday, knocking out power to 400,000 people and destroying buildings. As the storm moves away, the island remains at risk of rain and flash flooding.

Grenada also suffered “unimaginable” destruction after the storm passed through on Monday, said Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell. 98 percent of buildings were damaged or destroyed.

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Katie HawkinsJuly 5, 2024 10:00

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Conditions on the Yucatan Peninsula worsen as Hurricane Beryl heads toward its landfall

Hurricane Beryl has re-strengthened into a Category 3 storm on its way to the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday morning.

The hurricane is located about 140 kilometers east and southeast of Tulum in Mexico and reaches maximum wind speeds of 185 kilometers per hour.

The National Hurricane Center warned in its 1 a.m. CDT bulletin that conditions in the Yucatan Peninsula would soon worsen, with hurricane-force winds, a dangerous storm surge and damaging waves expected.

The center of Beryl is expected to make landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula later this morning before emerging over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico tonight and moving toward northeastern Mexico and southern Texas through the end of the weekend.

As Beryl crosses the Yucatan Peninsula, the hurricane is expected to “weaken rapidly” but is also forecast to “slowly re-intensify” as it moves over the Gulf of Mexico.

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Hurricane Beryl and the role of climate change

Record-breaking hurricanes like Beryl – the first Category 5 storm on record – are caused in part by the climate crisis.

“This is really scary,” said Steve Maximay, a climate and agriculture expert in Grenada, previously The Independent.

“When it comes to Category 4 and 5, there are very few systems or protocols that can prepare you for that,” Maximay continued. “You can have sturdy buildings, but Category 5 winds can move concrete structures.”

Hurricane Beryl's development into a Category 5 storm was due to record-high ocean temperatures. High water temperatures can contribute to sea level rise and harm marine life. They can also fuel powerful storms like Hurricane Beryl. According to NOAA, ocean temperatures are likely to continue to rise even if we reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Because of their vulnerability to severe storms and rising sea levels, island nations are at the forefront of the climate crisis.

The Alliance of Small Island States, an organization whose goal is to provide a unified voice for small island states in addressing the ongoing climate crisis, condemned the climate crisis and its impacts on island states.

“We continue to be sacrificed on the front lines of a climate crisis that we did not cause,” the statement said. “Our ocean temperatures are rising, causing storms to intensify at an alarming rate and increasing the threat to our developing countries. The growing danger is clear for the world to see.”

“If the world does not stand with us, [Small Island Developing States] Now it is only a matter of time before we are all lost,” the alliance continued.

Sophie Powell, advocacy director at UK-based nonprofit Christian Aid, highlighted the role of the climate crisis in the devastation caused by Hurricane Beryl.

“The people digging through the debris of such a devastating storm did nothing to create the climate crisis,” Powell said in a statement. “The carbon emissions from these small, low-lying islands are minimal, yet the impacts of climate change on their lives are enormous.”

Katie HawkinsJuly 5, 2024 09:00

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Googlebox stars stuck in Jamaica as Hurricane Beryl hits land: “I want out”

Googlebox favourites Julie and Tom Malone have revealed they are stranded in Jamaica as Hurricane Beryl makes landfall.

The Channel 4 couple had hoped for some sun and relaxation after flying out to Jamaica for their summer holiday, but instead found themselves caught in the Category 4 hurricane.

Earlier this week, Beryl hit Jamaica with life-threatening rain, 145 mph winds and storm surge, with the storm knocking out power lines in Portland.

Googlebox stars stuck in Jamaica after Hurricane Beryl: “I want out”

Googlebox favourites Julie and Tom Malone have revealed they are stuck in Jamaica as Hurricane Beryl makes landfall. The Channel 4 couple had hoped for some sun and relaxation after their summer holiday in Jamaica, but instead found themselves caught in the Category 4 hurricane. Beryl hit Jamaica earlier this week with life-threatening rain, 145mph winds and storm surge, with the storm knocking out power lines in Portland. In a video update on Instagram on Wednesday (July 3), the couple told fans they had been told to stay indoors and not go out, with Mr Malone declaring: “I want to get out.” The couple then posted more videos showing the stormy conditions.

Katie HawkinsJuly 5, 2024 08:00

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United Nations allocates $4 million in aid to Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean

The United Nations will provide $4 million for relief efforts in Jamaica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines following Hurricane Beryl, the BBC reports.

Earlier this week, the United Nations said officials in Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines were working closely with local leaders to assist with reconstruction efforts.

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

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

Katie HawkinsJuly 5, 2024 07:00

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ICYMI: Satellite images show Hurricane Beryl in Jamaica

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Bird's eye view: Hurricane Beryl photographed from the International Space Station

Hurricane Beryl was photographed by the International Space Station on Monday as it raced through the Caribbean Sea.
Hurricane Beryl was photographed by the International Space Station on Monday as it raced through the Caribbean Sea. (NASA)
Hurricane Beryl was photographed by the International Space Station on Monday as it raced through the Caribbean Sea.
Hurricane Beryl was photographed by the International Space Station on Monday as it raced through the Caribbean Sea. (Hurricane Beryl was photographed by the International Space Station on Monday as it raced through the Caribbean Sea.)

Katie HawkinsJuly 5, 2024 05:01

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ICYMI: Mexico evacuates sea turtle eggs from beaches ahead of Beryl

Mexican authorities have evacuated sea turtle eggs from beaches ahead of Hurricane Beryl, the Associated Press reports.

Some of the eggs were moved to safer areas by the experts. In other cases, they built pens with sandbags to keep the eggs safe at their laying location, the newspaper reports.

“Look, it's not the best thing to do, but we are facing an emergency. If they don't get the animals out, they could all be lost,” biologist Graciela Tiburcio told AP.

“Under normal circumstances, this would not be right because it would certainly cause deaths,” Tiburcio continued. “There would be fewer hatching eggs, that is the reality. But it is also a fact that if the nests are left there, they will all be lost.”

Two state officials move turtle eggs to a safe location ahead of Hurricane Beryl in Cancun, Mexico, on Wednesday
Two state officials move turtle eggs to a safe location ahead of Hurricane Beryl in Cancun, Mexico, on Wednesday (AP)

Katie HawkinsJuly 5, 2024 04:00

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Video: When will Hurricane Beryl hit Texas?

When will Hurricane Beryl hit Texas?

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Meteorologist: Hurricane Beryl could bring significant rainfall to Texas

According to AccuWeather meteorologist Geoff Cornish, Hurricane Beryl could bring four to eight inches of rain to Brownsville, Texas, when it reaches the region early next week.

“Beryl will also likely bring several inches of rain to San Antonio and Austin,” Cornish said Thursday.

AccuWeather's Paul Pastelok warns that the storm could linger along the Gulf Coast, leading to prolonged storm conditions.

“There is a chance this storm could stall once it reaches the coast of northern Mexico and southern Texas, which could lead to more rain and flooding concerns,” Pastelok said. The National Weather Service said Beryl could reach Texas Monday into Tuesday.

For now, the Category 2 storm is expected to make landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in the next few hours.

Katie HawkinsJuly 5, 2024 02:00