Hurricane Beryl could hit parts of the Caribbean

Jul 08, 2018, 06:28
Hurricane Beryl could hit parts of the Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl, the second named system for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, is heading toward the island chain and Brian Dyer, director of the Nevis Disaster Management Department (NDMD), urging people to be prepared for possible effects from the storm if it continues on its current track.

As of the last advisory from the hurricane center, at 10 a.m. CDT Saturday, Tropical Depression Three was located about 150 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and was moving north at 2 mph. The island's meteorological service warned of six to 12 inches of rain and said weather conditions would start deteriorating Saturday night on Dominica, which is rebuilding from Hurricane Maria, which hit as a Category 5 storm a year ago.

Beryl is forecast to move over the Lesser Antilles late this weekend into early next week.

The system could degenerate into an open trough by the time it reaches the central Caribbean Sea and Hispaniola on Tuesday.

A hurricane watch has already been issued for Dominica.

However, long-term forecasts still have Beryl staying somewhat organized into the middle of next week.

Wind and rain could be expected on those islands in the coming days.

At 11 a.m. its peak winds were clocked at 80 mph, or 6 mph above the threshold for gaining hurricane status, and those winds were forecast to grow to 100 mph in the next 48 hours.

The storm strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm early Friday morning.

The pattern does not look to change much as we head back to work on Monday with a 40-50% chance for hit or miss showers and storms during the afternoon, so just keep the umbrella in the auto as you might need it.

In a press briefing on Thursday, Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, said that, despite the storm's expected weakening, Beryl remains "a danger due to the vulnerable condition of Puerto Rico".

Meanwhile, off the Carolinas, the topical depression that formed on Friday is moving to the north-northwest at 5 miles per hour with winds of 30 miles per hour.

Minor wind damage will also be possible very close to where the center of the hurricane tracks.

No watches or warnings for that storm have been issued.

Tropical Storm Alberto was the season's first, which developed in late May. The storm's pace should slow and remain off the North Carolina coast through Monday.

It dumped heavy rain on the southeastern United States.

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