(KTEN) – We’ve been watching Hurricane Beryl since it became an area of concern early last week. Undergoing rapid intensification, Hurricane Beryl became a major hurricane the morning of June 30th. This is the third-earliest major hurricane to develop in the Atlantic during the month of June. Later that day, Beryl strengthened into the earliest Category 4 hurricane before making landfall on Carriacou Island July 1st around 11 am CST, maintaining its Category 4 status with winds up to 140 mph. If two records weren’t enough, Hurricane Beryl became a Category 5 hurricane on July 1st with maximum winds up to 165 mph. 


While the storm is expected to weaken, it is forecast to graze Jamaica as a Category 3 hurricane. Hurricane Warnings are already in effect. If Beryl does make landfall in Jamaica, this will be the second landfall of the storm’s lifetime. 


The current forecast track takes this to the Yucatan Peninsula and then back into the Gulf of Mexico. This will be the third named storm to make landfall in Mexico this season. There is high uncertainty as to what this storm will do when it moves back over the warm Gulf waters. Be sure to tune in to KTEN News daily for the latest on the track.