Caribbean islands brace for weakened but risky Tropical Storm Beryl

09 July, 2018, 08:56 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica and Guadaloupe.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical Storm Beryl moved rapidly westward early Saturday, heading for the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

Given the development of the storms with this disturbance as seen by satellite, the National Hurricane Center says there's a high 70 percent chance of developing into at least a depression.

Tropical Storm Beryl continues to weaken as it nears the Lesser Antilles.

Beryl is the second name on the list and the first storm to form since May when Subtropical Storm Alberto moved up the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical storm-force winds by Saturday evening extended as far as 45 miles from the storm's center.

A tropical depression has formed west of Bermuda as Hurricane Beryl continues its path towards the Caribbean.

The NHC said that the system is expected to dissipate however it will still bring gusty winds and showers to the Lesser Antilles.

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As of 1:30 p.m., the system had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving westward at 16 miles per hour.

Officials said they will open 424 shelters across Puerto Rico as a preventive measure and urged people to monitor the storm's progress.

Another tropical wave, known as Invest 96-L, near Bermuda may also become a depression or a storm by next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Minimal impacts are expected from this weakening tropical storm. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency for the island and suspended work for Monday, partly because its electricity grid is particularly vulnerable after Hurricane Maria caused damages to it estimated at $100 billion, the AP reported.

Regardless if it develops, this area of low pressure will track west-northwest, north and then northeast away from the US coastline into the weekend.

Even so, the islands in the Caribbean that were left battered and bruised after the 2017 hurricane will face stormy conditions on Sunday and Monday. Elsewhere, tropical storm development is trending more likely 100-300 miles off the Carolina Coast this weekend - a trend to watch closely for sure!

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