Hurricane Beryl in the Yucatan Peninsula: Weaker

Hurricane Beryl in the Yucatan Peninsula arrived degraded with speeds barely reaching 85 mph; it is now only a category 2 hurricane.

Hurricane Beryl in the Yucatan Peninsula made landfall Friday in Mexico, after weakening slightly to a Category 2 system.

It is expected to make a strong impact with its devastating winds, dangerous storm surge and damaging waves.


According to the 11:00 a.m. (EST) bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the devastating system had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, and was 100 miles east southeast of Progreso, Mexico, and 680 miles from Brownsville, Texas.

Hurricane Beryl in the Yucatan Peninsula, which has already left at least 10 dead across the Caribbean, was moving west-northwest at 16 mph over the Caribbean.

After making landfall, Hurricane Beryl on the Yucatan Peninsula in the next few hours, Beryl is expected to emerge over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and then move into northeastern Mexico and southern Texas by the end of the weekend.

Hurricane Beryl in the Yucatan Peninsula: Weaker

A rapid weakening is forecast after Beryl moves inland and crosses the Yucatan Peninsula, but Beryl is likely to strengthen as it advances over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Beryl’s passage through the Caribbean has already left at least 10 people dead, according to media reports, raising concerns about the speed of its formation and its reaching the highest power a cyclone can have (Category 5) at such an early stage in the Atlantic hurricane season, something that is seen as an “alarming precedent”.

The U.S. National Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the 2024 hurricane season will be well above average, with between 17 and 25 named storms. Up to 13 hurricanes and four Category 3 or higher hurricanes are forecast.

An average Atlantic hurricane season produces 14 named storms, seven of them hurricanes and three category 3 or higher hurricanes.

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