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Cancun, Cozumel brace for major Hurricane Beryl as storm hours away from Yucatan Peninsula

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CANCUN, Mexico — The popular resort towns of Cancun and Cozumel are bracing for impact from a now-major Hurricane Beryl as the storm strengthened hours before reaching the shores of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, threatening dangerous storm surge and damaging waves in addition to hurricane-force winds.The National Hurricane Center said Beryl regained peak winds of 115 mph Thursday evening, ranking the storm back to a Category 3 major hurricane status. The storm had briefly weakened to Category 2 after passing south of the Cayman Islands earlier in the day and encountering some shear, but Hurricane Hunters found signs of a re-energizing storm later Thursday evening with a sharp drop in pressure. HURRICANE WARNING IN EFFECT FOR CANCUN AS BERYL TAKES AIM AT YUCATAN PENINSULAWith the storm just 135 miles southeast of Tulum, Mexico, as of the NHC’s 10 p.m. CT update, hurricane conditions were expected to begin overnight and into Friday in the Hurricane Warning area on the northeastern shores of the peninsula, including the popular resort towns of Cancun and Cozumel.Storm surge could raise water levels up to 4-6 feet above ground level along the eastern shores of the Yucatán Peninsula accompanied by large and destructive waves.BERYL TRACKER: LIVE FORECAST, TROPICAL WEATHER ALERTS, SPAGHETTI MODELS AND MORETorrential rains could measure 4-6 inches of accumulations with isolated areas of 10 inch rainfall totals. While the latest forecast cone keeps the storm making landfall to the south of Cancun, that would put the city on the stronger, northern side of the hurricane, where onshore winds would increase the threat of damaging storm surge.Already, Cancun airport has canceled 100 flights, according to Quintana Roo Gov. Mara Lazama. State and country officials have urged those in the path of Beryl to seek shelter and remain there through the night.HOW TO WATCH FOX WEATHERConditions should improve late Friday into Saturday as Beryl moves out into the Bay of Campeche.

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