New travel advisories issued to these Caribbean destinations

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Published June 30, 2024 at 4:06 pm

For those planning a summer escape to sunny destinations, it's crucial to stay informed about potentially hazardous weather conditions that could pose safety risks to travellers. Hurricane, Caribbean, travel, advisory, Canada

For those planning a summer escape to sunny destinations, it’s crucial to stay informed about potentially hazardous weather conditions that could pose safety risks to travellers.

A Category 4 storm dubbed Hurricane Beryl is strengthening in the southeast Caribbean. Authorities are closing businesses and airports as residents are advised to take shelter from its winds, which could reach approximately 195 km/h.

According to Sabu Best, director of Barbados’ meteorological services, the hurricane will pass about 70 miles (112 km)  south of Barbados by Monday morning.

Beryl is anticipated to move into the Caribbean Sea as a major hurricane while heading towards Jamaica. It is expected to weaken by midweek but will likely remain a hurricane as it moves towards Mexico.

The Canadian government is cautioning travel to these countries:


  • Barbados
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Grenada
  • St Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Hurricane Beryl is set to pass near these areas on July 1, 2024, potentially bringing heavy rain and strong winds that could trigger flash floods, landslides, and widespread disruption to essential services including transportation, power, water, telecommunications, emergency response, and medical care.

Residents and travellers in the affected area should:

  • Exercise caution and remain vigilant.
  • Stay informed with local news and weather updates.
  • Follow instructions issued by local authorities.

The hurricane season, which lasts from mid-May to late November, sees the rapid intensification of storms, with even minor disturbances escalating into major hurricanes.

Travellers planning visits to coastal regions during this period are advised to:

  • Be ready to alter travel plans at short notice.
  • Stay updated with regional weather forecasts.
  • Maintain emergency contacts for airlines or tour operators.
  • Comply with advisories from local authorities for their safety.
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