Hurricane Beryl hits the Windward Islands

Hurricane Beryl arrived south of the Windward Islands this Monday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with «life-threatening» winds and storm surge, the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.

The federal agency indicated that the eye wall of the hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 220 kilometers per hour (140 miles), is already moving over Cariobacú Island.

The NHC urged residents in the Grenadine Islands and Cariobacú Island not to abandon their shelter as winds from Beryl, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, will increase rapidly within the eyewall of the cyclone.

“Beryl”, the first hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic season, was upgraded to category 4 as it advanced this Monday towards the southeast of the Caribbean, where the authorities of different islands urged the population to guarantee shelter from the strong winds and swells.

Videos from local media have been showing the impact of very powerful winds, particularly on the island of Barbados, the easternmost of the Windward Islands (Archipelago of the Lesser Antilles), where the hurricane is expected to arrive on Monday morning. , according to the United States National Hurricane Center, based in Miami.

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