Hurricane ‘Beryl’ now headed towards Jamaica, at least six people dead

Hurricane Beryl is now heading towards Jamaica after wreaking havoc in the southeastern Caribbean Islands and has killed at least six people. According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane warnings have been issued for Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.

Beryl is weakening but is forecast to remain a strong storm when it passes near Jamaica early Wednesday, the Cayman Islands on Thursday and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Friday.

Beryl strengthened to a category five hurricane late Monday evening with winds of 270 kilometres per hour. It later weakened slightly to a category four storm but remains strong.

On Tuesday night, the storm was about 480 kilometres east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. Beryl is expected to bring dangerous winds and high seas to Jamaica, and authorities warned people living in flood-prone areas to evacuate.

“I am urging all Jamaicans to treat the storm as a serious threat. However, there is no reason to panic,” Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said on Tuesday.

Three people were reported dead in Grenada and Carriacou due to the storm, officials said. Two more people were reported dead in northern Venezuela, where five people are missing. Another person died in Grenada after a tree fell on a house.

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