Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday

A National Hurricane Center image shows the projected path of Hurricane Beryl as of early A National Hurricane Center image shows the projected path of Hurricane Beryl as of early
Theresa Hayes | 06 July, 2018, 21:28

The new numbers released by CSU now shown a total of 14 named storms (average 12), 6 hurricanes (average 6.5) and 2 major hurricanes category 3 or stronger (average 2).

Beyond the Lesser Antilles, Beryl looks to slide just south of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola sometime late Sunday into Monday.

As of noon on Friday, Beryl was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour. The NHC noted that it's possible for the storm to deteriorate to an open wave before hitting the Lesser Antilles on Monday.

In the tropics Beryl has become the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and gusts up to 90 miles per hour.

Berg said forecasters aren't expecting it to move inland, "but it could get close enough to the coast to cause some impacts like wind and heavy rain".

Maximum sustained winds have increased to 80 miles per hour or 130 km/h with higher gusts.

The National Hurricane Center is giving this system an 80 percent chance for development through the weekend.

For the next day or so, forecasters say low wind shear will likely allow Beryl to continue strengthening.

Updates on the storm's progression can be found online and NWS is advising residents in the Coastal Carolinas to monitor the storm.

This makes Beryl the first hurricane for the season.

The current forecast path has the storm remaining east of the Lesser Antilles until early Sunday.

Beryl could become a hurricane by today, Friday or Saturday.

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).