In the last few hours, a video was released of a woman in Jamaica who climbed onto the roof of her house, sat down and held on to the sheets of roofing with all her strength so that the winds of Hurricane Beryl would not lift them up and destroy her home.

“The roof was on the verge of giving in, but the lady had no intention of letting that happen. Instead, she rode out the storm to save him,” reads the description of the video posted on Jamaica Live.

Two young people died in Jamaica due to Beryl

Jamaican authorities reported on Thursday morning, July 4, that a 20-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman died after the devastating hurricane Beryl hit the Caribbean island.

According to Jamaican police reports, The young man was swept away by the flood current caused by heavy rains, after trying to get a football out of a ravine in the community of Havanna, Arnett Gardens, in the district of Saint Andrew, in the south of the country.

On the other hand, the acting director general of the Jamaica Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Richard Thompson, reported that The woman died when a tree branch fell on her house during the passage of the hurricane in Westmoreland, in the municipality of Hannover, in the west of the island.

“It was confirmed that a lady from Westmoreland had suffered a tree fall on her home and the Department of Health confirmed that the person had passed away. It’s unfortunate, it’s something we didn’t want to happen at this event, as always, one life lost is always too many,” Thompson said.

Authorities also said the towns of Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland were devastated by Beryl.

“Although Hurricane Beryl did not make landfall, its eyewall, with the strongest winds and heaviest rain, lashed parts of Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland. Images of the damage are expected to be very bad,” El Tiempo de Jamaica said on its account on social media X.

For his part, Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Floyd Green, described on the same social network the situation in the Saint Elizabeth district as “total devastation” and said that several people lost their homes.

The intense winds of Category 4 Hurricane Beryl also caused damage to the island’s infrastructure and to the Norman Manley International Airport in the Jamaican capital, Kingston, which has been closed since Tuesday at 10 p.m.

More than 400,000 Jamaicans, or about 65% of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) customers, remain without power since Wednesday night due to the impact of Hurricane Beryl on the island.

JPS said it is already working to restore electricity service to its customers.

Beryl has weakened to a Category 3 but still major hurricane that passed southwest of Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean on Thursday, leaving storm surge, winds and destructive waves on its way to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where it will arrive on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.


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