Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Aaron Brown
July 7, 2018

Hurricane Beryl, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, is heading for the Lesser Antilles, and is estimated to hit the region between late Sunday and Monday.

A tropical system developed into Hurricane Beryl on Friday.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. update, Beryl is about 1,100 miles east of the Lower Antilles and moving west at about 12 knots.

National Hurricane Center says people in Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Beryl, as hurricane watches could be needed for some of the islands by tonight.

While the US doesn't need to be overly concerned with Hurricane Beryl at this time, there is another story that is sitting off the coast of the Carolinas.

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At some point, upper-level winds are expected to become hostile to Beryl near the Lesser Antilles. Hurricane force winds only extend out from the center by 10 miles. The World Meteorological Organization, which is in charge of assigning names to hurricanes and tropical storms, has six lists that they cycle through.

It is moving west at 15 miles per hour and is expected to pick up speed over the weekend. Wind shear is expected to increase around the storm over the weekend into early next week. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Beryl could become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday.

Beryl is now located over 900 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving due west. Radar images show no showers over the Cayman area.

What started as a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season has quickly changed as two developments have occurred in the Atlantic over the past week.

The hurricane center anticipates the system to move slowly northwestward and then stall or meander near the North Carolina coast over the weekend. Lojero also warned that the storm is expected to dump up to four inches of rain and could unleash landslides.

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