Jamaica flights remain grounded as hurricane heads towards Cancun and Yucatan Peninsula

Hurricane Beryl heads to Cancun
By Linsey McNeill
04/07/2024
Home » Jamaica flights remain grounded as hurricane heads towards Cancun and Yucatan Peninsula

Hurricane Beryl is on course to hit Latin America’s Yucatan Peninsula on Friday, bringing stormy weather to Cancun and other resorts along the coast.

The hurricane, which has been downgraded to a category three storm, has already left eight dead in the Caribbean, including one in Jamaica, three in Grenada, one in St Vincent and the Grenadines and three in Venezuela.

Several resorts in Jamaica were damaged when the storm hit yesterday and  Norman Manley international airport in the capital, Kingston, was also damaged with several sections of the roof blown away. It has yet to reopen, along with Montego Bay’s Sangster Airport and Ian Fleming International.

Jamaica Tourist Board UK Regional Director Elizabeth Fox said the airports will remain closed ‘until they have been able make a full assessment’.

Jamaica has lifted its hurricane watch but a flood warning remains due to continued heavy rainfall.

The Foreign Office said: “A major hurricane is currently moving through the Caribbean. 

“On the forecast track, the centre is expected to reach the Yucatan peninsula early morning on Friday 5 July. 

“The system could bring heavy rainfall, strong winds and possible flooding to the northern parts of Belize, starting on the night of Thursday 4 July and continuing through Friday 5 July. 

“A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Belize City to Corozal, including the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.

“You should follow and monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Center’s regional map and the National Meteorological Service of Belize and follow advice from the National Emergency Management Organisation.”

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