Hurricane Beryl strengthens into Category 5 storm

(CMR) As of 11 p.m. Monday, Hurricane Beryl’s maximum sustained winds increased to 160 mph, making the storm a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson scale. This is the earliest Category 5 hurricane on record, beating Hurricane Emily in July 2005.

That year went on to be the second-most intense hurricane season on record. Emily and Beryl are the only two category 5 hurricanes in July.

Hurricane Beryl was already the strongest June hurricane, the easternmost hurricane to develop in June, and the earliest category 4 storm on record. Records go back to the 1800s.

Beryl is expected to weaken as it encounters wind shear in the Central Caribbean.

Renae Stampp

Renae Stampp

A regional writer with almost 10 years of experience working in various news media including two major media houses in Bermuda and Jamaica. Renae provides professional content for our regional and international audience.

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