Hurricane Beryl, The Tiny Storm That Could

Beryl is the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The tiny hurricane is likely to intensify further today but stay far enough away from South Florida.  Although the updated NHC forecast shows Beryl reaching the Lesser Antilles as a tropical storm it is highly possible that the system will have degenerated into an open trough by that time. Regardless of the system's status at 72 h, it is likely to bring strong gusty winds and locally heavy rains to portions of the Lesser Antilles Sunday and Monday.

Below is the 500 AM public advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami:


At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 45.1 West. Beryl is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.  On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday.

Satellite data indicate the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some additional strengthening is forecast today. Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken by late Saturday and become a tropical storm or degenerate into a strong open trough near the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.

Beryl is a very compact hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches).



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