Saint-Martin, July 1, 2024 – As Hurricane Beryl approaches the Grenadine Islands, local residents are bracing themselves for harsh weather conditions. The hurricane, currently classified as Category 4 with sustained winds of 215 km/h, is expected to pass between northern Grenada and Cariacou by midday Monday.

Current situation

At 8:00 am this morning, Beryl’s eye was located near latitude 12.0 North and longitude 60.5 West, moving west-northwest at a speed of 31 km/h. Forecasts indicate that this trajectory is set to continue over the next few days, taking the hurricane across the southern Caribbean arc and into the eastern Caribbean.

The latest readings from NOAA hurricane hunters show maximum sustained winds approaching 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 55 km from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 205 km. The minimum central pressure is estimated at 959 mb (28.32 inches).

Preparations in progress

Local authorities in Grenada, Cariacou and neighboring islands have issued alerts and taken measures to ensure the safety of residents. Emergency shelters have been opened, and residents are urged to secure their belongings and follow safety instructions.

Although Saint-Martin is not directly in Beryl’s path, residents are advised to remain informed and vigilant. Indirect effects, such as high waves and strong winds, could be felt in the region.

Impact and precautions

Beryl is considered a major and extremely dangerous hurricane, with significant risks for the islands in its path. Fluctuations in strength are likely, but the hurricane should remain powerful as it crosses the Windward Islands. A gradual weakening is forecast for mid-week as it reaches the central Caribbean, but Beryl is expected to remain a hurricane nonetheless.

Flights and operations at local airports could be affected. For example, Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport has already reported sustained winds of 76 km/h with gusts reaching 111 km/h. Travelers are therefore advised to check the status of their flights before arriving at the airport.

Background and outlook

The Atlantic hurricane season, which generally runs from June to November, is a time when Caribbean residents need to be particularly vigilant. Beryl is one of the first major hurricanes of this season, and its progress is being closely monitored by meteorologists and local authorities.

Experts at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) continue to monitor Beryl’s progress, providing regular updates on its path and intensity. Residents are encouraged to follow this information and take all necessary precautions to protect themselves.


Hurricane Beryl, with its impressive strength and well-defined trajectory, poses a serious threat to the islands of Grenada and Cariacou. Although Saint-Martin is outside the direct impact zone, the situation is a reminder of the importance of preparation and vigilance during hurricane season. Stay informed and follow the instructions of local authorities to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones.

For more information and real-time updates, visit the official websites of the weather services and local authorities.