Beryl Barrelling Towards Windward Islands.

Photoi: Public domain. This aerial shot of Hurricane David (1979) is a reminder of the power of Atlantic hurricanes.
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Hurricane Beryl increased in strength again this morning into a Category 4 as it rips through the Windward Islands, endangering several small  islands with a potentiallly very dangerous tides, violent winds and torrential rains that may cause flash floods.

Forecasts suggest that the storm will pass well to the south of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago were some of the islands already experiencing the power of Beryl early Monday.

St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Grenada are most at risk of being struck by the core of the storm. A true landfall – with the eye passing over a coast – may never occur, but even so, Beryl poses a very significant risk to the nearest islands.

Beryl is the strongest storm the Windward Islands have seen since Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004.

CNN News notes that Beryl’s arrival marks an exceptionally early – and likely devastating – start to the Atlantic hurricane season.

Sunday it became the earliest Category 4 hurricane on record in the Atlantic Ocean and the only Category 4 in the month of June.–which bodes badly for the rest of the hurricane season, The already warm waters facilitated Beryl’s alarming strengthening will only get warmer as the summer goes on.

Residents and businesses are reminded that by now they should already be prepared to deal with a hurricane landfall in the coming weeks and should be prepared for the worst.

Update: Monday July 1st 08:37.

The meteorological agency has reported that Hurricane Beryl’s wind speeds have decreased to a Category 3 level, now reaching 195 kilometers per hour. The hurricane is currently located 165 kilometers south-southeast of Barbados, in the Lesser Antilles, moving at a speed of 31 kilometers per hour.

Sources: National Hurricane Center, CNN.
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