‘Tiny’ Beryl becomes first hurricane of season; Caribbean islands prepare

10 July, 2018, 15:54 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Hurricane Beryl could hit parts of the Caribbean

In an update from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami, Florida, issued at 11 am on Saturday, it was reported that the former Hurricane Beryl has weakened to a Tropical Storm. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and was moving west at 14 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure by Sunday evening as it moves into the Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Storm Chris is strengthening as it remains stationary 200 miles off the Carolina coast, and is expected to become a hurricane early Tuesday morning.

In the Atlantic Tropical Depression 3 continues to spin a couple hundred miles off the Carolina coast with sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts up to 45 mph.

On Saturday morning, the chance of tropical storm force winds lashing Puerto Rico was set at 20- to 30-percent, but the government is opening shelters as a precaution. The tropical storm could strengthen into a hurricane as it moves away to the northeast.

When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the newly strengthened Hurricane Beryl on July 6 at 12:25 a.m. EDT (0425 UTC), the MODIS instrument or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, analyzed the storm in infrared light.

Beryl is expected to produce total rain accumulations of two to four inches through Monday across the southern Leeward and the northern Windward Islands, the DDM said.

"Puerto Rico was hard hit past year by Hurricanes Irma and then Maria, and the island is still recovering", Dr Joel Myers, founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather. said. This area of showers and thunderstorms will not directly impact land before it is absorbed by an approaching cold front on Sunday. The hurricane center said the storm was expected to generate swells that would increase in intensity along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts.

There are no current coastal watches or warnings in effect. Puerto Rico could see minimal tropical-storm winds, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward, but it is hard to predict Beryl's track beyond the 48-hour period. Though not now under any advisories, the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic should be monitoring Beryl's progress.

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