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Hurricane Beryl approaches Jamaica after killing 7 people in southeast Caribbean

Heavy rains and strong winds from Hurricane Beryl pounded the coast of Jamaica on Wednesday after the powerful storm devastated parts of the southeast Caribbean, where it left a trail of death and destruction.

At least seven deaths have been attributed to the powerful storm: three in the Grenada islands, three in Venezuela and one in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

It is the earliest Atlantic hurricane on record to reach Category 5 strength, meaning it has sustained winds stronger than 156 miles (251 kilometers) per hour, the highest marker on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

Videos shared on social media showed destroyed homes and damaged police stations, schools, hospitals and streets.


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