Hurricane Beryl makes landfall in Grenadine Islands as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds

Hurricane Beryl, the first major hurricane of the 2024 season, made landfall in the Grenadine Islands on Monday as a powerful Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph. The storm brought life-threatening winds, storm surge, and rain to the Windward Islands, with as much as 6 to 9 feet of storm surge and 3 to 6 inches of rain expected.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts that Beryl will maintain its major-hurricane status as it moves into the Caribbean Sea. Several countries, including Jamaica, Belize, Mexico, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tobago, Grenada, Martinique, Trinidad, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, have issued various warnings and watches due to the approaching hurricane.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris has dissipated as it moved inland near Tuxpan, Mexico, and is expected to bring heavy rain to eastern Mexico. Additionally, a tropical wave located about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands in the Atlantic may develop into a tropical depression by midweek and move toward the eastern and central Caribbean.

Hurricane Beryl is expected to remain a significant hurricane as it moves through the eastern Caribbean, but may weaken some by midweek. The next storm to form would be Debby. The 2024 hurricane season, which officially began on June 1, is expected to be extremely active, with 17 to 25 named storms, eight to 13 hurricanes, and four to seven major hurricanes.

The record-warm water temperatures covering much of the Atlantic Ocean are expected to continue into peak hurricane season from August to October, which fuels hurricanes. By early June, the tropical Atlantic was already as hot as it usually is in mid-August. Hurricane season officially ends on November 30.

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