Severe Weather

Caribbean Hit as Hurricane Beryl Rewrites the Record Books

Author: Editors Desk Source: The Daily Beast:
July 2, 2024 at 08:58
Reuters/Nigel R Browne
Reuters/Nigel R Browne

Record temperatures in Atlantic basin feed earliest Category 5 hurricane on record—and force rethink of future global warming.

Hurricane Beryl has been upgraded to a “potentially catastrophic” Category 5 storm as it rolls through the southeastern Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction and raising fears that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season could be one of the worst ever.

Fueled by high ocean temperatures, Beryl had set a number of records before even making landfall in Grenada on Monday with 160mph winds: as the earliest Category 4 Atlantic storm, the earliest Category 5, and only the second ever declared in July. It is also one of the the fastest-developing storms on record, taking just 48 hours to go from unnamed depression to hurricane force.

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