Friday, 20 July, 2018

Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday

Tropical Depression Beryl is seen in this NASA handout satellite image dated Tropical Depression Beryl is seen in this NASA handout satellite image dated
Jay Anderson | 07 July, 2018, 03:37

Beryl, the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season was headed for the Lesser Antilles, where it was expected to make landfall by Monday.

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

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.

Small storms can morph quickly - Beryl flared up from a depression Thursday morning to a hurricane in less than 24 hours.

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




As of now, there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. The center's forecasters estimate Beryl will cross past the Lesser Antilles Sunday or Monday. However, it is expected to gain speed on Friday before downgrading late Saturday to a tropical storm or a strong trough by late Sunday or Monday.

The hurricane is expected to move west to west-northwestward over the weekend and into the early part of the work week, according to the NHC's official forecast path. 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.

The next update on Hurricane Beryl will be issued by the Dominica Meteorological Service at 2:00 pm.

The National Hurricane Center is giving this system an 80 percent chance for development through the weekend. After that, it will track through the northern Caribbean and head towards Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor its progress.

While the storm is expected to dissipate as it nears the southern Caribbean islands, rain and winds are expects. Alberto formed in May, just before the hurricane season kicked off June 1.

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