Hurricane Beryl makes landfall on Mexican coast near top tourist resorts

After leaving a trail of destruction across the eastern Caribbean, Hurricane Beryl, now a Category 2 storm, made landfall in Mexico's popular tourist spots on the Yucutan peninsula Friday, prompting the country's authorities to issue a red alert. “We’re asking everyone to stay in your homes, in your shelters, do not leave,” Quintana Roo Governor Mara Lezama said.

Hurricane Beryl smashed into the Mexican coast near top beach destinations on Friday, whipping palm trees with strong winds as a steady rain fell, after forging a deadly trail of destruction across much of the Caribbean.

The hurricane’s core shifted over the Yucatan Peninsula, with maximum sustained winds dipping slightly to around 100 mph (161 kph) as it reached the coastal resort town of Tulum.

While the storm’s center moving through Tulum resulted in slower winds and some downed tree branches, the U.S. National Hurricane Center forecast dangerous storm surges and destructive waves in the surrounding area.

The state governor urged residents to remain indoors.

“We’re asking everyone to stay in your homes, in your shelters, do not leave,” said Quintana Roo Governor Mara Lezama in a video message on social media platform X.

Among Mexico’s top tourist destinations, the Yucatan is known for its white-sand beaches, lush landscapes and Mayan ruins.

Mexico’s civil protection agency has issued a red alert, signaling a maximum hazard threat.

Video posted on social media on Friday showed fierce winds battering Tulum’s downtown.


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