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A Texas family on vacation in Grenada describes how they survived Hurricane Beryl – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A Texas family on vacation in Grenada describes how they survived Hurricane Beryl – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A Texas family on vacation in Grenada describes how they survived Hurricane Beryl – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Historic Hurricane Beryl continues its advance through the Caribbean. It is the first hurricane of the season and the strongest storm, a Category 5, to form in the Atlantic so early in the hurricane season.

Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are currently under hurricane warnings as Beryl approaches those islands. At least six people have died in the Caribbean Sea. Rescue teams on the southeastern islands are continuing to determine the extent of damage the hurricane inflicted on Carriacou, an island in Grenada.

When Hurricane Beryl made landfall in Grenada, it was a Category 4 hurricane. The deadly winds, flooding and storm surge damaged many buildings and, according to the prime minister, caused power outages.

A family from Houston was on vacation in the southeast of the island and survived the storm inside a resort.

“I was like, ‘Uh-oh, where am I going to go? ‘ That’s one of the comforting things about America: You can always escape,” Hany Elqutub said.

Elqutub, his wife, daughter and two grandchildren had been there for a week when the storm hit.

“We came here enjoying our time for the first few days, and all of a sudden, the news came out about this beast, and it was a terrifying experience, but being from Houston, we’ve lived it, we’ve seen it,” Elqutub said.

Elqutub recorded a video showing the moment Hurricane Beryl began to make landfall. As the wind intensified, the water had more white layers.

“It was a huge beast. It was very windy. You could see the sea going crazy, the waves and swells were very high and it was very windy,” Elqutub described.

He said he was grateful to be in a concrete compound with food, water and a generator because he knew it was a different story for locals.

“We are lucky to be here. The rest of the population on the island had to go through difficult times and I feel sorry for them,” Elqutub said.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Beryl is expected to make landfall in Jamaica on Wednesday. It is expected to bring “devastating hurricane-force winds, life-threatening storm surge, and damaging waves.”

The storm was expected to reach the Cayman Islands on Wednesday night.