Hurricane Beryl Strengthens to Category 5, Jamaica on High Alert

Hurricane Warning for Jamaica: The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for Jamaica as Hurricane Beryl, now a Category 5, approaches.

Heavy Rainfall Expected: Beryl is anticipated to bring 4 to 8 inches of rain to Jamaica on Wednesday, with isolated areas possibly receiving up to 12 inches, which could lead to flash flooding.

Impact on Dominican Republic and Haiti: The outer bands of Beryl may affect southern parts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti starting late Tuesday into Wednesday, causing 2 to 6 inches of c.

Warmer Sea Surface Temperatures: The eastern Caribbean Sea, where Beryl is currently located, has sea surface temperatures warmer than average, contributing to Beryl's rapid intensification.

Forecasted Path and Strength: Beryl is expected to maintain its strength overnight and begin weakening on Tuesday as it moves west-northwest across the Caribbean Sea, likely weakening to a Category 2 by the time it nears Jamaica on Wednesday.

Potential Impacts on Jamaica: The center of Beryl is forecasted to pass south of Jamaica, but a slight shift closer to the island could bring more intense rain, wind, and storm surge impacts.

Continued Weakening: Beryl will continue to weaken through the week due to less favorable atmospheric conditions as it travels across the Caribbean Sea.

Second Landfall in Mexico: Beryl is expected to make a second landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula by Friday and then move into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, further weakening but still impacting parts of eastern Mexico as a tropical storm by next weekend.