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Doors and roofs fly as Hurricane Beryl batters Jamaica

Hurricane Beryl has been producing extreme winds and heavy rains, as the system continues to batter the island.

In an update at around 2 p.m. EDT, the local met service said that the centre of Hurricane Béryl was located near latitude 17.3 degrees North, longitude 76.9 degrees west, about 45km south of

Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 30km( 18mph) and this general motion should continue through today, followed by a turn more toward the west tonight.

The eastern end of the island which includes, St Mary, St Thomas and Portland, were among the first to experience the impact of Beryl which continues to bear down on the island.

Among one of the strongest hurricanes to impact Jamaica in recent times, Hurricane Beryl has been tearing off roofs and has even flattened some structures.

Additionally, many Jamaicans are without power, with the light and power company, JPSCo, noting that due to deteriorating weather conditions it would be halting its restoration exercise.

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