February 21, 2019

Hurricane Beryl takes aim at eastern Caribbean; will likely miss Puerto Rico

08 July 2018, 06:30 | Devin Moran

Hurricane Beryl could hit parts of the Caribbean

Beryl becomes first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has confirmed that a storm named Beryl is the first hurricane of the 2018 season. At 8 a.m. Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph). On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday.Maximum sustained winds are near 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) with higher gusts.

Hurricane Beryl is expected to hit the Lesser Antilles late Sunday.

Beryl became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season Friday as the storm made its way to the Lesser Antilles, the National Hurricane Center said.

"Beryl is expected to move westward and eventually it's gonna run into wind shear and start to weaken as it reaches the Antilles", said Dave Loewenthal, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

Although the storm is close to the USA the hurricane center doesn't expect any watches or warnings to be issued.

Intensity forecasts with tropical cyclones as tiny as Beryl are notoriously hard.

While the storm is expected to dissipate as it nears the southern Caribbean islands, rain and winds are expects.

Minor wind damage will also be possible very close to where the center of the hurricane tracks. Regardless of weakening, an increase in rain chances and gusty winds will occur for the Lesser Antilles followed by an increase in rain chances for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands early next week.

The system is moving west at 15 miles per hour and is expected to accelerate movement west to northwest over the weekend.

A separate storm could develop off the U.S. East Coast over the next few days, but isn't likely to directly impact land.

Beryl trails only 1933 for the earliest forming hurricane over the open tropical Atlantic. Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria previous year as a Category 5 storm and hasn't fully recovered.

A disturbance is being watched off the southeastern United States coast. The storm became a Category 1 hurricane while heading towards Puerto Rico, so get all the vital details. A tropical storm warning was issued for Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria in September as a Category 5 storm.

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