Historic Hurricane Makes Landfall

July 2, 2024

There is the likelihood of even greater damage. We have no choice but to continue to pray.

Grenada national disaster coordinator Terence Walters, speaking of Hurricane Beryl.

What To Know: Hurricane Beryl is the second named storm of this hurricane season and made landfall Monday on the island of Carriacou in Grenada as a Category 4 hurricane. It strengthened to a Category 5 later on Monday and into the morning on Tuesday, with winds reaching 165 mph. The National Weather Service expects Hurricane Beryl to move across the central and northwestern Caribbean over the next several days, issuing a Hurricane Warning to Jamaica, a Hurricane Watch for the Cayman Islands, and a Tropical Storm Warning for the south coast of Hispaniola. Grenada officials are still assessing damage and Barbados officials plan to use drones to assess damage.

Big Picture: Hurricane Beryl made records as the earliest Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic and the earliest Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. It also formed the farthest east in the Atlantic in June.

Read More: Hurricane Beryl grows to Category 5 strength as it razes southeast Caribbean islands (The Associated Press)

Photo Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

by Karly Code, based in Kentucky