Hurricane Michael -- which is now an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm -- moved ashore on the Florida Panhandle shortly after 1 pm Wednesday, on a projected path through the southeastern United States.
The storm’s eyewall began hitting between Panama City and Mexico Beach, Florida, bringing with it “life-threatening storm surge, dangerous winds and heavy rainfall,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm’s sustained winds at the time of landfall were 155 mph, said the center, noting the storm actually intensified as it made landfall.
Hurricane Michael grew into a major Category 3 storm as it howled closer to Florida's Gulf shore on Tuesday, sending tens of thousands of coastal residents fleeing to higher ground one day before its expected arrival with towering waves and roof-shredding winds.
Michael is projected to plow into Florida's panhandle at midday on Wednesday, unleashing potentially devastating waves of seawater as high as 12 feet (3.6 meters) that could rush inland for miles around the storm's center, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.
Hurricane Lane soaked Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, dumping 30 centimetres of rain in 12 hours as residents stocked up on supplies and tried to protect their homes ahead of the state's first hurricane since 1992.
The National Weather Service warned that some areas could see up to 76 centimetres of rain before the system passes. Bands of rain extended over 560 kilometres from the hurricane's centre.
Hurricane Beryl, the first Atlantic hurricane for this season, is at this point posing no serious threat to Trinidad and Tobago and any island in the Caribbean.
Both the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami and the local Meteorological Office have not issued warnings or watches connected to the hurricane.
As at 5 am today, the centre of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 45.1 West. Beryl and was moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h).
The NHC says a faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.
One week after it was launched, the 'Be Caribbean Strong' initiative has raised over $630,000.
The Carib Brewery initiative is hoping to raise $1 million for relief efforts for the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean islands.
In a statement today, the company says, "We’re almost at a million. Together, we can do this! Please continue to support this hurricane relief cause by sharing this post and using the hashtag #becaribbeanstrong."
The Carib Brewery will donate $5 for every post shared on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #becaribbeanstrong!
The Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation (TTPost) says it has been receiving numerous hurricane relief donations from citizens and corporate entities at TTPost Corporate Shops throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
A statement by TTPost says these items have been transported courtesy the TTPost Transport team on a daily basis to the National Mail Centre in Piarco.
The ANSA McAL Group has mobilised its workforce of over 5500 employees across subsidiaries throughout the Caribbean, including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Guyana, Grenada and Jamaica, including ANSA McAL (US), to bring some measure of relief to our Caribbean brothers and sisters in need of support in rebuilding their lives and communities after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.