Beryl becomes 1st hurricane of 2018 season

Beryl becomes 1st hurricane of 2018 season

The next tropical storm of the season will be named Beryl. The MODIS image revealed a very.

In the Caribbean, a tropical storm watch was up for Dominica and long lines were reported at grocery stores on several islands as people shopped for food and water.

Even though there are no watches or warnings effect, interests in the Lesser Antilles should watch the hurricane as it might still retain hurricane-strength winds by the time it gets there, the National Hurricane Center said.

An upgrade to a tropical storm occurs when cyclonic circulation becomes more organized and maximum sustained winds gust between 39 miles per hour and 73 miles per hour. Beryl is not expected to survive crossing the Lesser Antilles island chain. A fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend of July 7 and 8.

Hurricane Beryl's maximum sustained winds reached 80 miles per hour on Friday. With sustained winds of 35 miles mph and quickly moving toward the west near 16 mph.

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The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas of storminess in the Atlantic Ocean; one has been classified as the second Tropical Storm of the hurricane season.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb (29.80 inches).

At the 11 p.m. update on Saturday, the center of Tropical Depression Three was located near latitude 32.9 North, longitude 75.1 West.

Satellite imagery indicates convection has persisted with enough tenacity and enough evidence of surface low pressure existence that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated the formation of Tropical Storm Beryl Thursday afternoon.

On the forecast track, the center of Beryl or its remnants will approach the Lesser Antilles on Sunday, cross the island chain on Sunday night, and move near or south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday. However, in recent weeks, warming waters in the Pacific have hinted that an El Niño weather pattern may form, which would produce upper atmospheric winds that could help tamp down the ferocity of storms in the Atlantic. The small storm is expected to encounter wind shear as early as Sunday, allowing for the storm to weaken.