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Beryl becomes the earliest Atlantic hurricane to reach category five status

The storm continues to move due west...
Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 01, 2024

BALTIMORE — Just days after Beryl became the first hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane season, the storm rapidly intensified to a category four storm. The eye of Beryl has made landfall on Carricacou Island at 11:10 AM. This catastrophic storm continues to bring life-threatening flooding, storm surge, and wind gusts to the Windward Islands. The maximum sustained winds have increased to 150+ mph.

As of the 11 PM update on July 1, 2024, Beryl has strengthened into a category 5 hurricane in the eastern Caribbean with maximum winds of 160 MPH. This is the earliest category 5 hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin. Hurricane Emily previously held the record on July 17, 2005.