Hurricane Beryl Is Tiny, Unpredictable

Marsha Scott
July 7, 2018

Hurricane Beryl became the first such storm of the 2018 Atlantic season early Friday as it strengthened while moving westward.

By this time, however, forecasters predict that Beryl will be downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

It is forecast to take a faster west-northwest past through the weekend and remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday. The Category 1 storm is expected to achieve wind speeds of 100 miles per hour, reaching Category 2 status, over the next day before gradually weakening to tropical storm force.

While the USA 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. Residents of the Lesser Antilles should closely monitor the storm. Compare that to Hurricane Maria, whose hurricane-force winds stretched out for 60 miles from the center.

Ms Davis added the areas affected by Hurricane Beryl can expect "heavy rain" and sudden violent gusts of wind.

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The depression was forecast to become a tropical storm on Saturday, with gradual strengthening expected through Monday.

The hurricane center has been monitoring it for days, and said rain and storms have been increasing as of Friday morning.

Beryl, a tiny, fast-moving storm, will likely be a hurricane when it reaches Caribbean islands over the weekend hit hard by Hurricane Maria a year ago. "It would be best if they are completed by June 1st at the start of hurricane season".

A disturbance is being watched off the southeastern United States coast. The system will move northwestward and stall, or meander, near the coast of North Carolina over the weekend.

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