Tourists warned of holidaying in Caribbean as 'major' weather threat could cause 'loss of life'

Montego Bay beach Jamaica

A warning has been issued for anyone visiting the Caribbean

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 03/07/2024

- 09:34

Holidaymakers heading to the Caribbean could be impacted by dangerous weather from today

Caribbean destinations including Jamaica and St Lucia could be hit by Hurricane Beryl this week.

The potentially dangerous hurricane has already swept through Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Caribbean has the highest risk of hurricanes between June and November.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has shared an update for those going to Jamaica or St Lucia specifically.

Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane Beryl is likely to hit Jamaica and St Lucia this week

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It read: "Weather projections forecast a major hurricane to hit Jamaica, possible as early as the morning of Wednesday 3 July.

"International and domestic airports are closed from 10pm local on Tuesday 2 July, and will only reopen when assessed safe to do so.

"You should follow and monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Center and follow the advice of local authorities including any evacuation orders."

It added: "A major hurricane currently moving through the Caribbean may impact services in Saint Lucia."

Anyone who is affected by the hurricane should follow local advice as the FCDO warned its "ability to help British nationals may be limited (perhaps severely) in these circumstances".

It added: "Every year, tropical cyclones cause considerable loss of life, do immense damage to property, and damage transport, electricity and communication infrastructure.

"Tropical cyclones feed on heat that is released when moist air rises. ‘Hurricane season’ happens in the months in which an area of sea is at its warmest."

In the case of extreme weather conditions or any threat abroad, the FCDO stated, "we cannot ensure your safety and security in another country. The relevant authorities in the country or territory you are in are responsible for your safety and security".

Jamaica beach

Britons have been warned before jetting off


It recommended getting the right insurance to cover emergencies. It said: "If you choose to travel, research your destinations and get appropriate travel insurance. Insurance should cover your itinerary, planned activities and expenses in an emergency."

Tourists heading to Jamaica have been warned to be conscious of the political situation and any changes introduced for this.

"The government can put enhanced security measures in place in response to outbursts of violence and shootings," the FCDO said.

"These can include curfews imposed with little notice, or the military working alongside or in place of police. Check locally whether any security measures or curfews apply and follow the advice of the local authorities."

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