Martinique, St. Lucia… “Potentially Dangerous” Hurricane Beryl Threatens Antilles

Hurricane Beryl approaches the Antilles this Monday, July 1, and a hurricane watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the islands of Grenada.

“Dangerous winds”, “possible storm surges” and “destructive waves”… The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami warns that Hurricane Beryl will soon pass near the Antilles.

In its press release, the company Meteo France A more accurate indication is that the formation should reach Category 4 on Monday, July 1, before “crossing the West Indian Ocean between Grenada and St. Lucia on Monday afternoon.” In anticipation: a “clear deterioration” of weather conditions in Martinique.

A yellow hurricane warning is already in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada Islands. Cyclone Beryl could pack winds of 215 km/h, said Shakir Baig, director of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service. “Beryl is a life-threatening hurricane,” the expert stressed.

In Martinique, winds average 45-55 km/h in the north, 65 km/h in the south or 100 km/h in the most exposed areas. In terms of rainfall, the episode is likely to receive locally up to 120 mm, with a total of 80 to 100 mm.

A series of hurricanes in perspective?

Of note, Beryl went from tropical depression to hurricane status in just 42 hours, which has only happened six times in the history of Atlantic hurricanes, according to Météo-France. And He does not come alone.

“The future Chris, Beryl’s successor, could be born in a wave already monitored by the NHC,” the French agency told BFMTV.

After crossing the Caribbean, Beryl could reach the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, home to the coastal resorts of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, by Tuesday evening. At this time, (Beryl) does not pose a threat to Mexican territory,” the National Weather Service assessed.

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