MET SERVICE BULLETIN #8: HURRICANE WARNING STILL IN EFFECT FOR JAMAICA AS STRONG CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE BERYL CONTINUES MOVING QUICKLY TO THE CENTRAL CARIBBEAN

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A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Jamaica as Hurricane Beryl continues on a track towards the island.

At 4:00 a.m. the eye of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 14.6 degrees North, longitude 66.9degrees West.

This is about 370miles southeast of the Dominican Republic, or 695 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 22mph and is forecast to continue moving rapidly west-northwestward during the next couple of days and turn westward by Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 270 km/h (165 mph), with higher gusts.

Beryl is a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Weakening should begin later today, but Beryl is still expected to be near major hurricane
intensity as it moves into the central Caribbean and passes near Jamaica on Wednesday and the Cayman Islands on Thursday.

Additional weakening is expected thereafter, although Beryl is forecast to remain a hurricane in the northwestern Caribbean.

All small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, should by now have completed all the necessary safety precautions and are advised to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.