Live updates: Hurricane Beryl churns toward Jamaica after devastating Grenada

Hurricane Beryl, a tropical storm, has caused at least three reported deaths in the Caribbean islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Prime Minister of Grenada, Dickon Mitchell, confirmed two deaths in Carriacou and Petite Martinique at a news conference on Tuesday, while Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines announced one death in the island chain on Monday evening.

In Carriacou and Petite Martinique, the eye of the hurricane passed through, resulting in significant damage to homes, buildings, and gas stations. The Prime Minister of Grenada described the situation as grim, with no power as of Monday and the possibility of more fatalities. He also noted that movement is highly restricted due to large quantities of debris on the streets, making roads impassable.

Heavy equipment operators are unable to clear the debris and roads due to the destruction of gas stations, and the country’s coast guard cannot reach Carriacou and Petite Martinique due to a marine advisory. To assist with the recovery effort, a private aircraft will transport the Grenada Commissioner of Police, members of the National Disaster Management Agency, and a technical assistance team to the affected islands. Additionally, helicopters from the region have been requested by the Prime Minister.

In response to the devastation, Prime Minister Mitchell expressed that the country is coming to grips with the reality of the situation. The possibility of widespread destruction remains a concern in the affected areas.

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