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Woman from Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania, visits family in Jamaica preparing for Hurricane Beryl

Woman from Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania, visits family in Jamaica preparing for Hurricane Beryl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hurricane Beryl approaches Jamaica Wednesday as Residents prepare for powerful storm.

“It’s raining more steadily now, so I’m guessing it’s coming,” said Candy Manning, who lives in Upper Dublin in Montgomery County.

Manning said airports are closed and people are unable to leave the island.

“It’s really scary to think that something so devastating, that has caused so much damage across the Caribbean, is coming our way, right?” Manning said.

Manning lives in Upper Dublin and has family in Jamaica. She is currently visiting them on the island’s north coast.

“I didn’t think about it much until yesterday, but even then it was just preparation,” Manning said. “Because I can’t go anywhere. I can’t do anything. Ultimately, you just have to deal with it.”

Manning, a teacher at Cheltenham High School, is one of nearly 3 million people bracing for the monster storm with devastating winds of about 145 mph and a potentially deadly storm surge that is expected to hit Jamaica throughout Wednesday.

Manning said her relatives in Upper Dublin have been keeping an eye on her.

“They’re very concerned, especially since the airports are closed,” Manning said. “They asked me if I was going to come home early and I said no because I wasn’t scheduled to come home until Sunday. Hopefully the airports will be open.”

As she awaits the aftermath of Beryl’s tragedy, Manning hopes her Jamaican family and friends will make it through safely.

“Hopefully it won’t be as devastating for us here and we can get out of there without any casualties,” Manning said. “That’s my prayer, my hope for Jamaica.”