Sheryl Lee Ralph Faces Hurricane Beryl in Jamaica, Shares Concerns and Warnings


‘Abbott Elementary’ Star Updates Fans Amidst the Storm

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, known for her role in ‘Abbott Elementary,’ is currently in Jamaica as Hurricane Beryl approaches the island. In a video shared on social media, Ralph urged everyone to stay indoors and take necessary precautions. “We had to take in all of the outside furniture because you know, those things take flight,” she noted.

Ralph, married to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes, has been keeping in touch with her family while staying in Jamaica. “Pray for us as you pray for others,” she wrote in her post.

Hurricane Beryl’s Impact

Hurricane Beryl, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall in Jamaica. The U.S. National Hurricane Center forecasts it to pass near or over Jamaica before heading towards the Cayman Islands and eventually Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The storm has already caused destruction in nearby islands and claimed several lives.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has warned residents about the life-threatening winds and storm surges. “I am encouraging all Jamaicans to take the hurricane as a serious threat,” he said. Meanwhile, NHC director Michael Brennan emphasized the potential for life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Community Reactions and Historical Context

Philadelphians with family in Jamaica are worried about the storm’s impact, recalling the devastation caused by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. John Parboosingh, who experienced Gilbert, expressed his concerns, “I don’t think I’d ever want to live through a hurricane again because of that.”

The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston closed in anticipation of Beryl, and flights to and from the island are affected. Ralph, seeking to ease her nerves, mentioned she would “Netflix and chill” while waiting out the storm.