MET SERVICE BULLETIN #9: HURRICANE BERYL EXPECTED TO BRING LIFE-THREATENING WINDS, HEAVY RAINFALL AND STORM SURGE TO JAMAICA ON WEDNESDAY

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A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Jamaica as Hurricane Beryl continues to threaten the island with devastating impacts.

According to the Met Office, at 7:00 a.m. the eye of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 15.0 degrees North, longitude 67.9 degrees West.

This is about 300 miles southeast of the Dominican Republic, or 625 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

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

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.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

Based on the current official forecast track, the eye of Hurricane Beryl is expected to be south of Hispaniola this afternoon and evening before it moves just southeast of Jamaica on Wednesday morning and then follows a path adjacent to the coastline throughout the rest of the day.

As the centre of Beryl moves closer to the island, expect heavy rainfall to begin affecting the island early on Wednesday. This would later be accompanied by possible hurricane force winds across the island, and dangerous storm surges, and battering waves along coastal areas of mainly southern parishes.