Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Tropical Storm Beryl moving closer to eastern Caribbean

Tropical Storm Beryl moving closer to eastern Caribbean

The state of emergency imposed on Dominica in anticipation of Tropical Storm Beryl has been discontinued.

The town of Kill Devil Hills said in a news release a man in his mid-60s was reported missing in the rough surf around 12:15 p.m. on Saturday on a beach where red flags were present.

Tropical depression Tropical Depression 3 was located 195 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Saturday morning and moving north-northwest at 6 mph. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up risky surf and rip tides.

Last year, there were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria which devastated some parts of the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Beryl - the second named storm of this season - is expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area.

Tropical Storm Beryl is now quickly intensifying between west Africa and the Lesser Antilles, and it could be the first hurricane of the season in the Atlantic.

Beryl remained very small, moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, shy of Category 1 status, according to an advisory issued at 5 p.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center.

Scientists at Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project have decreased their forecast and now believe that 2018 hurricane season will have below-average activity. More than 1,500 power customers remain in the dark more than nine months after Maria, and some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

Chris is now 195 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now".

Lugo lost his roof and two walls to Maria and was waiting for volunteers to secure his new roof before Beryl. The depression is stationary and a very slow southeastward motion is forecast during the next couple of days. "Gradual weakening is anticipated during the next 36 hours, and Beryl is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Monday".

It is now 240 miles east of Barbados and 340 miles east of Martinique.

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