'Tiny Beryl' becomes first hurricane of the season

Mindy Sparks
July 7, 2018

Hurricane Beryl continued churning across the Atlantic Friday night with little change in its course or strength, according to the National Hurricane Center.

On Friday, the National Hurricane Center upgraded a tropical storm in the central Atlantic to Hurricane Beryl, with top wind speeds of 80 miles per hour.

On its present track, the center of Hurricane Beryl is estimated to pass between 70 and 100 miles (110 to 130 km) north of Barbados late Sunday/early Monday before moving over the northern Lesser Antilles.

Beryl should impact the islands as a tropical storm.

At 11 p.m. EDT, the storm was centred about 195 miles (315 kilometres) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (48 kph).

A National Hurricane Center image shows the projected path of Hurricane Beryl, as of early June 6, 2018. But forecasters say Beryl could regain hurricane status as it moves into the Caribbean Sea. It remains far out in the Atlantic Ocean and is not expected to make much impact to the US, or even Florida. Beryl is expected to gradually weaken over the Caribbean early next week and may no longer be an organized tropical cyclone once it reaches Hispaniola.

Less than 24 hours after starting as a tropical depression, Beryl this morning became the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

The depression is expected to get stronger, however, and could become Tropical Storm Chris on late tonight or on Sunday.

The path of the relatively tiny Hurricane Beryl is now tracking westwards through the Atlantic in the general direction of Puerto Rico.

Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should continue to monitor the progress of Beryl, as additional watches could be required for other islands later today. The system is forecast to move slowly northwestward and could meander or stall near the North Carolina coast over the weekend.

The storm should then dissipate to just an area of low pressure by the middle of next week while it is near Cuba. "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.

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