Beryl leaves a trail of destruction from the Caribbean to Texas | Climate Crisis News

Fueled by exceptionally warm waters, Beryl hurtled across the Atlantic for more than a week, quickly becoming a Category 5 hurricane.

The hurricane devastated Caribbean islands including Barbados and Jamaica, and almost completely destroyed the two islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It slammed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Friday and battered Texas by Monday, each time regaining strength while out at sea.

Category 1 hurricane Beryl made landfall in the US state of Texas, bringing strong winds and heavy rain that downed trees and power lines.

Beryl then weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression, leaving millions of people without power during scorching heat.

Boarded-up windows lined suburban streets and cars were stranded on flooded highways, with many residents working to clear tree branches and other debris from roads after the worst of the storm had passed.

Before reaching Texas, Beryl wreaked havoc in Tulum, Mexico, hitting the area as a Category 2 hurricane and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.

Winds and rain lashed the seaside city throughout Friday, as residents sought refuge in schools and hotels and authorities patrolled the coast to evacuate residents and tourists.

Refugees found some rest and food in shelters where the military organized soup kitchens, while others risked travelling along heavily flooded roads.

But Beryl’s greatest damage occurred in the Caribbean, where it devastated entire towns and even islands, ripping roofs off houses, wrecking and entangling boats along the coast, and sending waves laden with debris crashing onto the beaches.

In Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, an arena was converted into a shelter with rows of flimsy beds and blankets.

It will take months, possibly years, to rebuild and repair the destruction Beryl left behind.

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