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Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018's Atlantic hurricane season

Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018's Atlantic hurricane season

Tropical storm watches have been issued for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. Beryl is then forecast to possibly fall apart in the eastern Caribbean Sea as it encounters unfavorable conditions early next week.

The Atlantic basin had its first tropical cyclone crowned hurricane status less than 24 hours after becoming a depression. Beryl's eye has recently closed off, and some dry air may have gotten into Beryl's core. This is the second named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

Intensity forecasts with tropical cyclones as tiny as Beryl are notoriously hard.

According to N.H.C.'s 5:00 p.m. advisory, the center of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 47.8 West. Beryl is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h).

It dumped heavy rain on the southeastern United States.

Last year's hurricane season left a path of devastation across the Caribbean Islands and the USA overseas territory of Puerto Rico, where locals are still recovering almost one year on. It is expected to pass through the Lesser Antilles late Sunday, possibly with winds near 100 miles per hour. We'll know a lot more about this system if this flight goes on as scheduled. On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday.

With over a month of the season consumed, there has been very little activity, although the season will most likely pick-up as we move into the peak months of August and September.

"Upper-level winds will become hostile before Beryl approaches the Lesser Antilles this weekend".

The Atlantic tropics, somewhat unexpectedly for early July, have hit an active period. The storm's hurricane-force winds are only 20 miles wide, relatively small for a hurricane, so Beryl's behavior is especially unpredictable. The depression is located warm ocean waters and in an area of relatively light vertical wind shear.

Historical tracks and intensities of former Beryls.

The Met Office added that people in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise extreme caution as life-threatening flash flooding is possible from Sunday night.

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