Hurricane Beryl tore off roofs in Jamaica, tore up fishing boats in Barbados and damaged or destroyed 95 percent of the homes on a few islands in St. Vincent and the Grenadines before heading toward the Cayman Islands and taking aim at Mexico’s Caribbean coast, leaving at least seven dead. What was the first storm to develop into a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic weakened slightly but remained a major hurricane. The eye of the hurricane was expected to pass just south of the Cayman Islands overnight and into the early hours of Thursday, AP reported.

Mexico’s popular Caribbean coast prepared shelters, evacuated some small, remote coastal communities and even pulled sea turtle eggs from beaches threatened by storm surges, but in nightlife spots like Playa del Carmen and Tulum, tourists stayed in town for the night. The Mexican Navy patrolled areas like Tulum, telling tourists in Spanish and English to prepare for the storm’s arrival. Beryl was expected to make landfall in the early hours of Friday in a sparsely populated area of ​​lagoons and mangroves south of Tulum, likely as a Category 2 storm. It was then expected to cross the Yucatan Peninsula and strengthen again over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before striking a second time along Mexico’s northeastern coast near the Texas border.

(More stories about Hurricane Beryl.)