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Beryl rapidly strengthens into a Category 4 hurricane and breaks records

Beryl rapidly strengthens into a Category 4 hurricane and breaks records

Beryl rapidly strengthens into a Category 4 hurricane and breaks records

All eyes are focused on Hurricane Beryl, which has rapidly strengthened in recent days.

It made history as the easternmost hurricane to form in the Atlantic in the month of June.

On Sunday, Beryl took another step and became the earliest Category 4 hurricane on record. This breaks the record held by Hurricane Dennis since July 8, 2005.

Let’s take a look at where Beryl is now and where she’s headed.

Current situation

Infrared of Hurricane Beryl (Copyright 2024 KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved).

Beryl became a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning. As of 2 pm Sunday, it currently has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and is moving west at 21 mph. The minimum pressure is reduced to 960 mb.

Beryl looks very healthy on the satellite right now with a well-defined eye.

Hurricane watches are in effect for several islands in the Lesser Antilles, including Barbados, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Tobago.

It will likely be a destructive storm for several islands in the Lesser Antilles and is likely to strengthen further in the next few hours.

Down the line

Path of Hurricane Beryl (Copyright 2024 KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved).

Once Beryl passes the Lesser Antilles, it will make its way through the Caribbean Sea. Islands such as Jamaica, Hispaniola and the Cayman Islands should be on high alert for possible impacts from Beryl.

One aspect of the potential good news with Beryl is a possible weakening trend as it moves further into the Caribbean. There are a few factors that could be working against Beryl at that time, including a possible zone of wind shear, as well as any interactions with the land that could affect both the strength and direction Beryl ultimately takes.

Beryl models (Copyright 2024 KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved).

Most forecast models are beginning to focus on the possibility of Beryl impacting the Yucatan Peninsula late next week. That interaction with the earth will also contribute to Beryl’s weakening. This is still undecided and there are many variables when it comes to predicting the path and strength of a hurricane, but this scenario is starting to look more likely.

Beyond that, it’s still too early to know for sure what Beryl will do once it enters the Gulf. It’s certainly possible that it could impact the Texas coast, but that’s just one of a few scenarios that could play out. Beryl could also follow a similar path to Tropical Storm Alberto and head toward Mexico.

Water temperatures (Copyright 2024 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.)

Regardless of where Beryl ends up, Gulf waters remain very warm, which could mean potential for strengthening once Beryl reaches the Gulf.

We should start to get a better idea of ​​where Beryl might end up once the storm hits Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. We will follow it closely over the next week.

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