Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday

Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday

- Beryl has become the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

According to N.H.C.'s 5:00 p.m. advisory, the center of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 47.8 West. Beryl is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h).

As of Friday morning, Beryl has winds of up to 75 miles per hour and is continuing to move west.

Hurricane Beryl, which the National Hurricane Center described as a small storm in terms of area coverage but a "brazen" one, was forecast to pass through the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.

"Upper-level winds, also known as wind shear, will likely keep Beryl from further strengthening, and it could be torn apart by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles", News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. If this storm reaches Tropical Storm status, it would be given the name, "Chris". The country lost half of its buildings from Maria's 160 miles per hour winds, and is in the middle of a transformational change to prepare for the future storms of a warmer world. "Confidence in the official intensity forecast is also much lower than normal", the National Hurricane Center warned early Friday.

It is projected to cross the islands late Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane and then weaken as it enters the Caribbean Sea. It was moving north at 5 miles per hour.

Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 45.1 West early Friday morning.

"A west-northwestward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days", the Barbados Met Office said in its 5 a.m. bulletin.

The Captain of the Port San Juan strongly cautions the maritime community to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions as Beryl approaches the Windward Islands and potentially makes its way into the Caribbean as hurricane or tropical storm. The system is forecast to be close to hurricane strength when moving through the region. The storm is expected to become a tropical storm over the weekend, Ward said, and move very little through Tuesday. The red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone.

Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday. "Guidance continues to suggest that the forecast tropical-storm-force winds associated with the cyclone will not reach the US coast", the hurricane center said.

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