Beryl becomes first named Atlantic hurricane of 2018

Katie Ramirez
July 6, 2018

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles.

Hurricane Beryl's maximum sustained winds reached 80 miles per hour on Friday.

Forecasters said the storm is expected to dump heavy rain across islands including Dominica and Puerto Rico, which could also be hit with winds of more than to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) and flooding.

As of 10 a.m., there were no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but forecasters said hurricane watches could be needed Friday night for some of the islands in the Lesser Antilles.

The system is in a favorable area for development, and the hurricane center said a tropical depression will "likely" form in the next few days. Most of the guidance now brings Beryl through the islands as a tropical storm instead of a tropical wave.

Meanwhile, here in Cayman local forecasters predict light to moderate easterly winds and seas, as a ridge of high pressure lingers north of the Caribbean.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto became the first named storm of the 2018 season.

Beryl became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season Friday as the storm made its way to the Lesser Antilles, the National Hurricane Center said.

Beryl is an unusually small hurricane, a characteristic that forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say make it hard to measure and predict. Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria a year ago as a Category 5 storm and hasn't fully recovered.

Beryl could get even stronger over the next day or so, then weaken to a tropical storm or even a trough by the time it reaches Hispaniola, where impact with land and unfavorable conditions should destroy it.

Rapid changes in intensity - both up and down - are possible in coming days.

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