'Tiny' Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season

07 July, 2018, 19:10 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Tropical Depression Beryl is seen in this NASA handout satellite image dated

"As a result, the new NHC intensity forecast calls for little change in strength during the next 24-36 [hours], but predicts steady weakening after that time".

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) described Beryl as a Category 1 storm with winds of 80 miles per hour.

The system is moving west at 15 miles per hour and is expected to accelerate movement west to northwest over the weekend. The storm, which is now a Category 1, is expected to arrive in the Lesser Antilles by late Sunday or early Monday.

Still, the remnants of the storm should bring locally heavy rains and gusty winds to portions of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday and Monday, the hurricane centre said.

Beryl should impact the islands as a tropical storm.

TD Three had winds of 30 miles per hour, which is unchanged from Friday. Dominica was under a hurricane watch and several surrounding islands issued tropical storm watches, with the strong winds possible by Sunday evening.


A National Hurricane Center image shows the projected path of Hurricane Beryl, as of early June 6, 2018. It was moving north-northwest at 6 miles per hour (9 kph). It made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a subtropical storm and ushered drenching rains across states in the South and Midwest.

Hurricane Beryl might not hold on to that status much longer.

The storm is expected to encounter a hostile environment over the weekend and on Monday once it reaches the Caribbean Sea.

Tropical waves, the origin of many late summer and early fall hurricanes and the predecessor disturbance for Beryl, typically don't have enough moisture in July to become better developed. "Guidance continues to suggest that the forecast tropical-storm-force winds associated with the cyclone will not reach the USA coast", the hurricane center said.

Beryl's impact on Haiti isn't clear as of Saturday morning. A cold front was expected to push it further north, but latest forecast by the NWS says the low pressure system may linger off the coast for a while, and some development is possible.

The hurricane became less organized on Saturday morning and forecasters said it soon could be downgraded to a tropical storm.

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