Hurricane Beryl: Jamaica under curfew and state of emergency as Beryl hits | Andrew Holness | NHC | latest | WORLD

Hurricane Beryl: Jamaica under curfew and state of emergency as Beryl hits | Andrew Holness | NHC | latest | WORLD
Hurricane Beryl: Jamaica under curfew and state of emergency as Beryl hits | Andrew Holness | NHC | latest | WORLD

EFE Agency

3/7/2024 11H27 – UPDATED 3/7/2024 11:37 AM

The government of Jamaica declared the island a disaster zone for the next seven days and imposed a curfew for Wednesday, when the Category 4 hurricane is expected to hit. Beryl.

The rains associated with the hurricane are already affecting the island, where the local weather agency is forecasting rainfall totals of 100 to 200 millimetres (four to eight inches) and dangerous storm surges which will raise water levels by up to two to three metres (six to nine feet).

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The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holnessexplained in a speech broadcast on his social networks that the decision to declare a disaster area was made after reviewing the trajectory of the system, su probable force and impact and the potential threats emanating from it.

As for the curfew in force, at least until 18:00 local time (23:00 GMT), Holness He indicated that the measure seeks “Ensure the safety of everyone during the passage of the storm and avoid any movement with the intention of carrying out Criminal activities”.

Holness also reported that an evacuation order is in effect for areas prone to floods and landslides, both those located at sea level and those close to ravines or waterways.

“We urge all Jamaicans to comply with evacuation notices when they are issued. However, even without the issuance of a notice, if you live in a low-lying area that is historically prone to flooding and mudslides, I implore you to evacuate to a shelter or to safer ground,” said.

The authorities will also issue an order under section 8 of the Trade Law to prevent excessive price increases on essential goods during a period of disaster.

Beryl It is a Category 4 hurricane on the hurricane wind scale. Saffir-Simpsonout of a total of 5. The cyclone reached the highest category between Sunday and Tuesday.

He National Hurricane Center (NHCin English) of USA forecasts some weakening today or tomorrow, Thursday, but Beryl It will be a major cyclone or will be at an intensity close to a hurricane as it passes near Jamaica.

Hurricane warnings, in addition to Jamaicaincludes the Cayman Islandsthe southern coast of Haiti and the peninsula of Yucatan in Mexico.

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