Hurricane Barrel became the Atlantic's oldest Category 4 hurricane.


The situation in the Caribbean continues to worsen and residents are being warned to make preparations as soon as possible before Hurricane Barrell, which quickly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane on Monday. May wreak havoc on populated island nations from dawn. .

Hurricane Barrel is now the second named storm of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season and quickly transitioned from a tropical depression to a tropical storm and then a hurricane – all within 24 hours.

Hurricane Beryl is not only fierce, but also made history.

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Hurricane Beryl intensified from a tropical depression to a major Category 3 hurricane in less than 48 hours, a feat never achieved before in September.

And according to Colorado State University hurricane expert Dr. Phil Klotzbach, Hurricane Beryl became the first major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) on record east of the Lesser Antilles during the month of June.

Hurricane Beryl also became the oldest Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic basin. According to Klotzbach, the previous record for the oldest Category 4 hurricane on record was Hurricane Dennis, which reached Category 4 strength on July 8, 2005.

According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), maximum sustained winds were 130 mph, and the central minimum pressure dropped to 960 millibars.

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“Until today, we didn't have an airplane in the storm. So, we didn't really have a big handle on how strong the storm really was,” Michael Brennan, director of the National Hurricane Center, said on FOX Weather Sunday morning. ” “When we flew the plane over there this morning, it looked like it was much stronger than we thought from the satellite imagery at 25 miles per hour. So, the data from that plane is only worth the situation.” It's about maintaining awareness of how strong the storm is right now.”

The average date for the first hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin is August 11, so the weather is running well ahead of schedule.

Water temperatures in parts of the tropical Atlantic are similar to normal for August and September, and because of the hurricane's small size, it has been able to avoid Saharan dust and adverse upper-level winds.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Barbados, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Tobago.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Martinique. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica and Trinidad.

People board the doors and windows of a shop in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Barrel on June 30, 2024 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Barrel, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2024, strengthened into an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm on Sunday. US trackers said it threatened the southeastern Caribbean with potentially deadly winds and storm surge. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP) (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
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People buy jerry cans at a hardware store in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Barrels on June 30, 2024 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Beryl, the first hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic season, was downgraded to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm on Sunday. As it threatened the southeastern Caribbean with potentially deadly winds and storm surge, U.S. trackers said. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP) (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
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Workers load sandbags into a truck in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Barrels in Bridgetown, Barbados on June 30, 2024. Barrell, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2024, strengthened into an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm on Sunday. US trackers said southeast Caribbean with potentially deadly winds and storm surge. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP) (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
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People line up at a hardware store in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Barrels on June 30, 2024 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Barrel, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2024, strengthened into an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm on Sunday. US trackers said it threatened the southeastern Caribbean with potentially deadly winds and storm surge. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP) (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
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A clapboard building is pictured before Hurricane Barrel made landfall in Bridgetown, Barbados on June 29, 2024. Much of the southeastern Caribbean was on alert on June 29, 2024 as the barrel strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic season, forecasters warned. A big storm formed. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP) (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
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A man boards up a shop window in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Barrel on June 30, 2024 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Beryl, the first hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic season, became an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm on Sunday as it threatened the southeastern Caribbean with potentially deadly winds and storm surge. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP) (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
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Sandbags are placed outside a shop in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Barrels in Bridgetown, Barbados on June 30, 2024. Beryl, the first hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic season, was downgraded to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm on Sunday. US trackers said it threatened the southeastern Caribbean with potentially deadly winds and storm surge. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP) (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
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People board shop windows in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Barrel on June 30, 2024 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Barrel, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2024, strengthened into an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm on Sunday. US trackers said the southeastern Caribbean was at risk of potentially deadly winds and storm surge. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP) (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
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Preparations are underway across the Caribbean as the region braces for an onslaught from Hurricane Barrell.

“Potentially catastrophic wind damage is expected where Beryl's eyewall passes through parts of the Windward Islands, with the highest risk over St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada,” the NHC said.

In Barbados, Prime Minister Mia Amor Motley took to social media on Friday night to urge her constituents to be prepared for the storm.

“The reality is we're not in a position to know what kind of weather we're going to have, but we know we're going to have some weather.” “And you and I know that when these things happen, it's best to plan for the worst and pray for the best.”

The Barbados Department of Emergency Management is encouraging residents to stock up, and emergency shelters are opening across the island. Grantley Adams International Airport in Christchurch will be closed at 7pm on Sunday until further notice.

The government of Saint Lucia announced on Facebook that it is locking down the island nation and urging residents to stay indoors starting at 8:30 p.m. Sunday until authorities respond. Not all is clear. Government officials also announced that the leave of all police officers has been canceled and officers are required to report to the nearest police station by Sunday afternoon.

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What is Hurricane Barrel Forecast?

Hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) extend 30 miles outward from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) extend 115 miles outward.

At Barrel's forecast speed, only the Windward Islands will be affected during the next 24-36 hours as the system travels west or west-northwest.

The latest forecast from the NHC now shows winds of 140 mph near the Windward Islands.

“Our main focus right now is on the Windward Islands because that's where we're going to see this catastrophic impact over the next 24 hours,” Brennan said. So, we are emphasizing the areas that are under hurricane warnings.”

Forecasters say the hurricane should be around Jamaica by Wednesday, but it could be on a weakening trend. By the end of the week, the hurricane could approach Mexico or the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America.

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“This is expected to be a powerful hurricane throughout the Caribbean,” Brennan said. “It's keeping an eye on places like Jamaica, Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula, the Cayman Islands and then possibly the Gulf of Mexico when we get there next weekend.”

In addition to hurricane-force winds, heavy rain will drench the islands. According to current forecast totals, the barrel will bring 3-6 inches of rain to Barbados and the Windward Islands, creating areas of flooding.

The NHC has upgraded its storm surge forecast and is now predicting a “life-threatening” surge that will bring water levels back to normal in areas of coastal flow where the barrel makes its closest approach. The tide will rise 6-9 feet above the surface. The islands

Hurricane Hunter aircraft will be investigating the hurricane Sunday to give the NHC a better estimate of the barrel's intensity.

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Will the barrel affect America?

The closest US territories to the storm are the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and neither area is currently under a watch.

The FOX Forecast Center expects significant impacts to remain south of the islands. However, a passing band of rain cannot be ruled out.

It's too early to tell if a hurricane will ever threaten the continental United States, but if it does, it will likely take a different form.

“The odds are in favor of high pressure in the southern United States,” said FOX Weather hurricane specialist Brian Norcross. “But if the high pressure moves out of the way too soon, there's some chance the storm could slow down and possibly turn into a gulf.”

Hurricane Barrel Makes History

Barrel formed farther east than any other June hurricane since records began in the mid-1800s.

The previous record was held by Hurricane Two, off the north coast of South America in 1933.

Beryl is also the farthest eastern major hurricane to form earlier this season.

Typically, the basin doesn't see its first major hurricane until around September 1.

Major hurricane impacts are rare in the southeastern Caribbean, with hurricanes Dennis and Emily setting records for their highest intensity in 2005.

The barrel name has been used in rotating lists maintained by the World Meteorological Organization since 1982.

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