Category 4 Hurricane Beryl churns across Caribbean. Here’s why it’s historic.

Hurricane Beryl began pounding the southeast Caribbean on July 1 as a powerful Category 4 storm after becoming the earliest storm of that strength to form in the Atlantic, fueled by record warm waters.

The storm was expected to soon make landfall in the Windward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center. The eyewall moved over Carriacou Island, which forms part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, late the morning of July 1.

“This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation,” the center said. “Take action now to protect your life!”

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