WATCH NHC UPDATE: Hurricane Beryl Clocked at 165 mph, Earliest CAT 5 Hurricane on Record in Atlantic

By  //  July 2, 2024

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WATCH: Tuesday Morning Update on Hurricane Beryl from NHC in Miami, FL (July 2, 2024). National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Michael Brennan provides the latest updates on Major Hurricane Beryl. Take action today to ensure you are prepared for the season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs until November 30.

Hurricane Beryl is the earliest Category 4 hurricane on record in the Atlantic Ocean and the only Cat 4 storm ever recorded in the month of June.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER – National Hurricane Center officials said Hurricane Beryl is now a record-setting powerful Category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds increased to 165 mph, and upgrading it to a CAT 5 on Tuesday morning

Hurricane Beryl wrecked the Windward Islands after making landfall late Monday on Grenada’s Carriacou island as a Category 4.

Hurricane Beryl is the earliest Category 5 hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic by more than two weeks, and the 12th Category 5 on record in the eastern Caribbean – and the first since Maria in 2017.

National Hurricane Center officials said the hurricane is moving west-northwest at 22 mph, and forecasters expect the track to shift more to the north as the system moves through the Gulf, which would increase the chance of impacting the U.S. over the weekend.

Currently, there is no danger to Brevard County, and Tuesday’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 105. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 77. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Independence Day: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Light south southeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 77. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for hurricane updates.

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: With the 2024 hurricane season upon us, longtime Meteorologist and Space Coast Daily correspondent Danny Treanor offers some sage advice on how to prepare for the next six months.

2024 Hurricane Season Will Be ‘Extremely Active’ Season with 5 Major Hurricanes, Experts Say


BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With the 2024 hurricane season almost here, longtime Central Florida Meteorologist and Space Coast Daily correspondent Danny Treanor offers some sage advice on how to prepare for the next six months.

Here are the top 10 most common mistakes – and advice on how to avoid them:

MISTAKE #1: Failing to know the threat.

“I don’t live within a mile of the coast, so I’m not worried about rising water. The biggest threat to me is wind damage.”

What Experts Say: History proves that storm surge is the deadliest part of a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center reports that more than half of the deaths in three recent land-falling hurricanes were caused by storm surge.

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MISTAKE #2: Failing to evacuate.

“Evacuation is for other folks. My house is a fortress and I’m here to protect my property. I’m staying and riding out the storm no matter what.”

What Experts Say: When local officials issue an order to evacuate, they are doing so for your benefit. You should respond immediately, remain calm and take your disaster supply kit. Remember to let others know when you leave and where you are going.

MISTAKE #3: Failing to leave in time.

“I can outrun the storm. I’ll just head in the opposite direction.”

What Experts Say: If your area has been asked to evacuate, and if a hurricane is imminent, you’re far better off to leave your home for an officially designated hurricane shelter or stay with local friends inland, out of the evacuation zone.

MISTAKE #4: Failing to protect the home.

“I knew that tree branch was hanging low over the roof but I didn’t get around to trimming it. Or fixing my roof. Or updating my old garage door…”

What Experts Say: If you’re a homeowner, and you haven’t done anything yet to protect your home, start with your largest opening first. And for many homes that have a garage, that usually means the garage door.

MISTAKE #5: Failing to organize important papers.

“Important papers? They’re all over the place. Let’s see, there’s the passports, the insurance policies, the Social Security cards, our will…”

What Experts Say: Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container and a second copy at the home of a trusted relative or a close friend living in a different city.

MISTAKE #6: Failing to inventory valuables.

“I don’t need to make an inventory of our valuables. I’ll remember what we have.”

What Experts Say: Make your preparations easier by downloading checklists included with each category and use them as you shop, store your supplies and take inventory of important household items in your home. You may also want to take photos or videotape each room of your house, showing the valuables you have.

MISTAKE #7: Failing to ensure adequate insurance.

“I don’t have any idea if I have flood insurance or not. I last met with my insurance agent in 1993, or was it ’83?”

What Experts Say: Make sure your possessions are covered and, if you live in or near a flood zone, make absolutely certain you have flood insurance because that is never included in standard homeowner’s policies. If you rent, you need insurance, too.

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By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. You don’t want to find shelves bare when you need the basics.

MISTAKE #8: Failing to make provisions.

“A gallon of water per day for each member of my family? Who has room for that? And anyway, it’s the government’s job to provide food and water in a disaster…”

What Experts Say: By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. You don’t want to find shelves bare when you need the basics.

MISTAKE #9: Failing to know safety protocols.

“If I lose power, I’ll run my generator from the garage, so it stays dry.”

What Experts Say: Portable generators use an engine and will give off carbon monoxide. You don’t want that deadly gas in the house. Tragedy can be completely avoided with the proper placement of the generator outside of the home, away from any vents that lead into the house and not in the garage. Also: It’s safer to use battery-powered lights and flashlights than lighted candles. Never leave a lit candle in an unoccupied room.

Knowing where the nearest shelter that accepts pets if you have pets, is really important. A lot of people leave their pets behind because they simply don’t know. Make sure you have a plan for your pet and get in touch with the right people before a storm hits.

MISTAKE #10: Failing to provide for “Fido” and “Fluffy.”

“All shelters have to take in pets, don’t they?”

What Experts Say: Knowing where the nearest shelter that accepts pets if you have pets, is really important. A lot of people leave their pets behind because they simply don’t know. Make sure you have a plan for your pet and get in touch with the right people before a storm hits.

“We do provide shelter, food, counseling and other services during times of disaster,” said Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

“But, in order for us to do the most good, we need people to take responsibility and to be prepared so we can respond to those who need us the most.”

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