STUART, Fla. — As Hurricane Beryl barrels toward Jamaica with winds in excess of 150 mph, Jamaicans are bracing for the impact.

Stuart business owner Jason Cushnie is Jamaican. He has family and friends living on the island.

“I’m a little bit concerned about the people there and a lot of people live in dilapidated houses,” Cushnie said. “Some people have traditional stone houses, but not many people, especially in the area where our house is. So we have all our friends and helpers who are helping us to keep our property in our house in Drumilly.”

He has been in contact with them every day this week. Cushnie is particularly concerned about his grandmother who is visiting family in the south of the country.

“My great-grandmother’s house is on top of a hill and it’s on the south coast, right where the hurricane is coming in,” he said. “So I don’t know what’s going to happen to that house.”

Meanwhile, Lotaya Hunt is staying with her family in Linstead, Jamaica, until the circumstances pass.

“The wind is really scary. I mean, we’ve got trees down, things blowing around,” she said. “The wind is just crazy right now.”

She has evacuated and taken shelter at her mother’s house, worried that her metal roof won’t hold up, and she worries about the damage the storm will cause.

“Honestly, we’re not ready for it. We’re really not prepared for it,” Hunt said. “I’ve heard that most grocery stores aren’t really there because people are buying in bulk and stuff.”

Even people with safe structures are worried.

“We’re concerned about the wind,” said Kevin McKenzie.

He hopes that the wind will decrease and the storm will pass without destroying the island.

“It will cost a lot of money to repair some of the damage, particularly to the rural network and some of the infrastructure,” McKenzie said.