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Hurricane Beryl Devastated Entire Islands. Now It's Coming to Texas

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Tropical Storm Beryl is heading toward Texas. The U.S. Weather Service said it could revert to a hurricane before making landfall. In regions hit by Beryl, recovery efforts are underway due to strong winds and heavy rains.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Friday afternoon that Tropical Storm Beryl, approaching the western Gulf Coast, could reach hurricane strength Sunday night or Monday morning local time. There is an “increasing risk of hurricane-force winds and severe storm surge” in southern Texas.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Corpus Christi, Texas, has issued warnings for high winds, tornadoes and flooding for the state's coast. According to forecasters, severe conditions will prevail not only in the hurricane's path, but also in areas beyond.

“Now is the best time to prepare,” the NWS warned.

Tropical Storm Beryl Could Revert to HurricaneNHC/NOAA

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“We didn't die, but we lost half our lives”

Earlier this week, Beryl swept across the Caribbean Windward Islands, Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Eleven people died and tens of thousands of homes were swept away. On Friday, residents of Jamaica were assessing the damage, leaving many homeless and without the means to rebuild their destroyed homes.

“Food, shelter, half of my life is gone,” said one resident of the Saint Elizabeth region, one of the hardest hit by the hurricane. “There's no one I can turn to for help. We didn't die, but we lost half of our lives.”

Similarly dramatic damage was reported in the Windward Islands, mainly Carriacou in Grenada and Union Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Driven by unseasonably warm Atlantic waters, Beryl destroyed most of the islands' buildings and severely damaged power infrastructure.

The aftermath of Hurricane Beryl's passage through Union Island in Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesPAP/EPA/International Migration Organization

Main image source: PAP/EPA/International Migration Organization



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