Beryl Upgraded to “Extremely Dangerous” Category 4 Hurricane

Onamet warns of extreme conditions due to Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane Beryl has strengthened to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane, with maximum winds of 130 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported this morning.
“Potentially deadly winds and storm surge are expected in the Windward Islands beginning early Monday morning,” it reported.

A major hurricane is considered a category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale with winds of at least 179 km per hour. A category 4 storm has sustained winds of at least 209 km per hour.

According to experts, such a powerful storm at the beginning of the hurricane season, which runs from early June to late November in the Atlantic, is extremely rare.

“Only five major hurricanes (Category 3+) have been recorded in the Atlantic before the first week of July. Beryl would be the sixth and the earliest occurrence at this end of the tropical Atlantic,” hurricane expert Michael Lowry wrote in X.

Early warning for the Dominican Republic

The National Meteorological Office (Onamet) issued an early weather alert from Saona Island to Beata Island, coastal areas from La Altagracia to Pedernales, for possible high surf conditions due to the passage of Hurricane Beryl.

Due to its current position, for the moment this system does not represent danger to the country, according to Onamet.

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