'Tiny Beryl' becomes first hurricane of the season

09 July, 2018, 11:02 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Beryl is now expected to pass near Dominica and the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique early Monday as a tropical wave and then continue south of Puerto Rico.

At 11 am the centre of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 51.1 West. Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour (22 km/h). Beryl was described by forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami as compact, with hurricane winds stretching out just 10miles from the centre and tropical winds up to 35 miles out.

Beryl weakened from a hurricane to a tropical Saturday morning, and is not likely to bring tropical storm force winds to the U.S. Virgin Islands when it passes south of the territory.

While Chris isn't expected to make landfall in the US, rough seas churned up by the storm could cause deadly rip currents along the North Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts this week.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, spared Bermuda past year, but battered the Caribbean as well as the United States.

Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states into early next week.

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By this time, however, forecasters predict that Beryl will be downgraded to a Tropical Storm. "Confidence in the official intensity forecast is also much lower than normal", the National Hurricane Center said when issue a warning on July 6.

Some of the islands are still recovering from the devastation wrought by September's back-to-back powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The Category 1 hurricane, the first of the 2018 Atlantic season, strengthened from a tropical depression to a hurricane within 24 hours, surprising specialists who dubbed it "Brazen Beryl".

The hurricane center said it would likely become a tropical storm Saturday and continue strengthening over the next few days while remaining far offshore.

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

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