Hurricane Beryl: Aerial pictures present earlier than and after of storm’s destruction | EUROtoday

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Hurricane Beryl ripped by the Caribbean and devastated communities in Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines Monday – with stunning aerial photographs displaying the widespread injury.

The storm, which broke information because the earliest recorded Category 4 and Category 5 hurricane, is barreling in direction of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands on Wednesday. From there, it’s anticipated to hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday, earlier than impacting the US over the weekend.

Life-threatening winds and rain have already knocked out energy to areas of Jamaica. There are greater than 900 shelters throughout the island and an evacuation course of for these in flood-prone and low-lying areas, Information Minister Dana Morris Dixon mentioned as Beryl approached the island.

A person stands among debris in Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadine after Hurricane Beryl
An individual stands amongst particles in Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadine after Hurricane Beryl (by way of REUTERS)

That was after the storm moved throughout islands additional east, flatting total cities and leaving at the least seven useless.

“Almost total damage or destruction of all buildings, whether they be public buildings, homes or other private facilities,” Grenada Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell mentioned, based on CBS News. “Complete devastation and destruction of agriculture. Complete and total destruction of the natural environment. There is literally no vegetation left anywhere on the island of Carriacou.”

Meteorologists say the storm will weaken on Wednesday however is predicted to stay a serious hurricane.

While the storm’s path over the weekend continues to be unsure, it has the potential to hit southern Texas and Louisiana in a single day Sunday into Monday, based on the National Weather Service.

Before and after: Hurricane Beryl devastates the japanese Caribbean

(Satellite picture ©2024 Maxar Technologies)
(Satellite picture ©2024 Maxar Technologies)

Grenada’s Petite Martinique island, pictured in May 2023 and on July 2, 2024, simply at some point after Hurricane Beryl swept by the japanese Caribbean. Grenada suffered “unimaginable” destruction after the storm handed by, Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell mentioned.

Officials have recognized at the least three folks in Grenada who had been killed by the hurricane, together with a relative of a authorities official who died in St George’s after a tree collapsed on them.

“This hits home,” Mitchell mentioned. “The deceased person is in fact the relative of one of the persons who spent the last 36 hours with us here at the National Emergency Operating Center.”

(Satellite picture ©2024 Maxar Technologies)
(Satellite picture ©2024 Maxar Technologies)

St. Vincent and the Grenadine’s Petit St Vincent island, pictured in May 2023 and on July 2, 2024. At least one individual died within the nation after Hurricane Beryl slammed into the japanese Caribbean. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves mentioned there could also be extra fatalities reported within the coming days as an islandwide blackout impacts the nation.

“There are a few communities which do not have water because of the system having been blocked,” Gonsalves mentioned.

“The faces of our men and women are strained and anxious,” he continued. “But tomorrow, we get up with the conviction to rebuild our individual lives and our family’s lives. To rebuild our country, to recover.”

The hurricane’s complete loss of life toll is at seven as of Wednesday afternoon, with three deaths in Venezuela and 4 deaths in Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

(Satellite picture ©2024 Maxar Technologies)
(Satellite picture ©2024 Maxar Technologies)

Grenada’s Carriacou Island pictured in May 2023 and on July 2, 2024. The small island was “flattened” inside half an hour by Hurricane Beryl on Monday, based on Mitchell.

The storm tore off 95 % of roofs on Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Carriacou Island additionally noticed an “almost complete destruction” of {the electrical} grid, based on the prime minister.

“The entire communication system is completely destroyed…many people have lost their entire homes,” Mitchell mentioned.

(Satellite picture ©2024 Maxar Technologies)
(Satellite picture ©2024 Maxar Technologies)

Argyle, Carriacou, pictured in May 2023 and on July 2, 2024. Mitchell described Carriacou as “armageddon-like” within the wake of Hurricane Beryl with scenes of “almost total destruction.”

“Complete devastation and destruction of agriculture, complete and total destruction of the natural environment,” Mitchell mentioned. “There is literally no vegetation left anywhere on the island of Carriacou.”

United Nations officers in Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are working intently with native leaders to assist with restoration efforts.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres has requested for the worldwide neighborhood to “show solidarity” with all of the Caribbean nations in Hurricane Beryl’s path, a UN spokesperson mentioned.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hurricane-beryl-images-destruction-damage-b2573437.html