Tiny Beryl strengthens into a hurricane

Tiny Beryl strengthens into a hurricane

Tiny Beryl strengthens into a hurricane

It is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms and as the weather system gains strength, it is forecast to continue on a westward to a west-northwestward direction.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about those still living with tarps on their roofs after Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm a year ago, killing dozens of people.

In its 5 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said Beryl was located about 830 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

The only storm in the Atlantic basin so far this year was Subtropical Storm Alberto, which formed on May 25 and dissipated on May 31 after making landfall in the Florida panhandle.

According to the BWS, the system was expected to stay to the west of Bermuda but may result in moderate winds across Bermuda as it moves north tomorrow.

The system is expected to deteriorate before moving closer to Peurto Rico in the coming days.

Tropical Storm Beryl, a compact, fast-moving system, continued to intensify Thursday and could become a hurricane in the coming days.

Beryl continues to be a rather small storm, with hurricane-force winds extending out 10 miles from its center and tropical-storm-force winds extending out 35 miles.

The third tropical storm of the 2018 season became a depression on Friday afternoon. On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through Sunday.

Just hours after strengthening into a depression, Tropical Storm Beryl now has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with higher gusts.

The NHC said, "Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour [85 km/h] with higher gusts". The system is forecast to degenerate into an open trough east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend.

In May, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters predicted that the Atlantic would produce more storms than normal during the coming season.

"Gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall will also be possible across the remainder of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico through early next week", forecasters said.

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