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Images of Armageddon in the Caribbean – Nine dead as Hurricane Beryl passes through

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Beryl's killer path has continued in the Caribbean with at least nine people dead and property damage widespread as the hurricane heads towards Mexico and the Cayman Islands with authorities on high alert. 

At least one person has died in Jamaica as a result of Hurricane Beryl. A woman died in Hanover Parish, Jamaica, after a tree fell on her home, Joyce Reynolds Robinson, a spokeswoman for the country's disaster preparedness agency, told CNNi.At least three people died in Venezuela, three in Grenada. and one person died in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. But there are fears the final number could be higher.

Beryl is currently a Category 4 cyclone on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale, with winds of up to 215 kilometers per hour, according to the american hurricane center (NHC).

“It is terrible. All gone. I'm at home and I'm scared,” said Amoy Wellington, a resident of a rural farming community in the southern municipality of St Elizabeth, according to Reuters news agency. “It's a disaster,” he added.

Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, one of the hardest-hit areas in the eastern Caribbean, said in a radio interview that the country's Union Island ” flattened' by Beryl.

“Everyone is homeless … It will be a herculean effort to rebuild.”
Speaking to state media, Nerissa Gittens McMillan, permanent secretary of St. Vincent and the Grenadines' Ministry of Agriculture, warned of possible food shortages after 50% of crops were lost plantain and banana of the country, while significant losses were also noted in roots and vegetables.

In Grenada, Prime Minister Deacon Mitchell described “Armageddon” conditions, with no power and widespread destruction, while also confirming three deaths.
In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro said on state television that three people had died and four are missing in the area, along with more than 8,000 houses damaged by the torrential rains, of which at least 400 were destroyed.

The development of the phenomenon caught meteorologists unprepared. The storm strengthened into a major hurricane within 42 hours, hurricane specialist Sam Lailo told the Associated Press news agency.

However, scientists note that climate change was decisive for the appearance of such phenomena.< /p>

According to scientists, as climate change warms the ocean water that fuels these storms, it makes it easier for them to intensify quickly and risks producing more powerful cyclones.< /p>

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had warned at the end of May of an unprecedented hurricane season, speaking of the possibility of the formation of four to seven category 3 cyclones or even greater.

The these forecasts are linked to the meteorological phenomenon La Niña that is expected to prevail soon as well as to the particularly increased temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean, NOAA explained.

source: CNN Greece

Source: 24h.com.cy

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