Hurricane Beryl To Stay South Of Miami

todayJune 29, 2024

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Hurricane Beryl To Stay South Of Miami, Threatens Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2024, strengthened on Saturday as it churned toward the southeast Caribbean. While the storm is projected to remain south of Miami, it poses a significant threat to the Caribbean islands in its path.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warn that Beryl is expected to intensify into a dangerous major hurricane before reaching Barbados and the Windward Islands late Sunday or early Monday. A major hurricane is classified as Category 3 or higher, with winds of at least 111 mph. As of Saturday, Beryl was a Category 1 hurricane, but its rapid intensification has raised concerns.

The NHC has issued a hurricane warning for Barbados, underlining the imminent threat. Additionally, hurricane watches are in effect for St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tropical storm watches have been issued for Martinique, Dominica, and Tobago. All of these islands, except Barbados, are part of the Windward Islands.

The hurricane center emphasized the potential for “life-threatening winds and storm surge” for the Windward Islands beginning Sunday night. This stark warning highlights the serious nature of the threat posed by Beryl.

While Miami is expected to be spared from direct effects, the storm’s development serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of hurricane season. The NHC advises residents and visitors in South Florida to stay informed about the storm’s progress, as hurricane paths can sometimes shift unexpectedly.

Meteorologist Molly McCollum of The Weather Channel reports that Beryl’s strengthening as it approaches the Caribbean adds an extra layer of concern for residents and officials in the region. She emphasized the importance of monitoring Beryl’s progress, especially for those with holiday travel plans, as the storm could potentially disrupt air and sea travel in the affected areas.

Local officials in Miami are using this opportunity to remind residents about the importance of hurricane preparedness. Even though Beryl is not projected to directly impact Miami, the hurricane season is still in its early stages, and more storms are likely to form in the coming months.

As Hurricane Beryl continues its journey, the NHC will provide regular updates on its status and projected path. For the most up-to-date information on Hurricane Beryl and other tropical weather systems, residents are advised to follow the National Hurricane Center’s official communications channels and trusted weather services.

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Written by: Brian Burns

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