NewsBeryl's wrath: Category 5 hurricane leaves trail of destruction in Caribbean

Beryl's wrath: Category 5 hurricane leaves trail of destruction in Caribbean

Beryl wreaks havoc in the Caribbean
Beryl wreaks havoc in the Caribbean
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Rafał Strzelec

3 July 2024 16:56

Beryl struck the Caribbean islands, causing immense damage. Recordings showing the effects of the Category 5 hurricane are shocking. Toppled buildings, ripped-off roofs, and trees broken like matchsticks—such devastation was caused by winds blowing as fast as 257 kph.

Hurricane Beryl hit Grenada, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines on Monday, 1 July. These islands are located at the border of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The storm's passage resulted in massive infrastructure damage.

Beryl's effects include toppled buildings, ripped-off roofs, broken trees, damaged power infrastructure, floods, and inundations. During its impact, Beryl reached the fifth and highest category on the Saffir-Simpson scale. According to the Daily Mail, six people lost their lives as a result of the disaster. Missing persons are still being searched for. There are severe problems with the availability of potable water and food.

Photos and recordings from the Caribbean islands have appeared online. They show the immense tragedy. A post-apocalyptic landscape in a place that usually looks like paradise. Let's remember that experts from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida called Hurricane Beryl a "weather monster". The following images clearly show the scale of the destruction.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dickon Mitchell, stated that many roads on the island are impassable. This hinders aid and the assessment of the actual impact of the disaster. The possibility of more fatal victims remains a grim reality, as movement is still very limited, the Prime Minister admitted, as quoted by the "Daily Mail".

Hurricane Beryl is heading towards Jamaica

The bad news doesn’t end there, as hurricane Beryl is approaching its next target - Jamaica. According to the forecasts by the American National Hurricane Center (NHC), Beryl will move at high speed across the Caribbean Sea to hit Jamaica on Wednesday, 3 July at around 1:00 PM GMT. Then the "weather monster" is expected to reach the coast of Mexico during the night from Thursday to Friday.

Beryl is blowing at speeds of up to 257 kph. In the history of measurements, it is the earliest Category 5 hurricane. The hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from 1 June to 30 November, but so far the strongest storms usually formed later in the season. Beryl has deviated from this pattern.

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