Beryl becomes 1st hurricane of 2018 season

Carlton Robbins
July 9, 2018

"Beryl is a tiny tropical storm". These shearing winds should weaken this system as it is reaching the Lesser Antilles.

Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken by late Saturday and become a tropical storm or degenerate into a strong open trough near the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.

Colorado State University forecasters Philip Klotzbach and Michael Bell now say they expect 11 named tropical storms in the 2018 season.

"With Dominica now under a tropical storm warning, I journeyed East to visit the designated shelters in some of the country's most vulnerable communities".

In 2017, there were 17 named tropical storms including 10 hurricanes, of which six were major hurricanes.

2, with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, is moving west-northwest in the central Atlantic between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles.

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Tropical Storm Beryl is churning in the Atlantic on Sunday and taking aim at the small islands that make up the eastern Caribbean.

An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft dispatched into the center of the storm found that sustained winds are near 40 mph, and extend up to 60 miles from the center of the storm. "Locally heavy rains and gusty winds" are likely on the Leeward Islands Sunday and Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. Even so, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency for the island on Friday.

Off the U.S. East Coast, a tropical depression meandered well out to sea from the North Carolina shore.

The next hurricane advisory is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday.

The government of Dominica said it would shut down its water system and Puerto Rico's governor warned of likely new power outages. Gabriel Lojero, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in San Juan, also warned that the storm is expected to dump up to 4 inches of rain and could unleash landslides. While the storm was still categorized as Tropical Depression 3 on Saturday, a man died when he was caught in rough surf on a beach on North Carolina. Some development of this system is possible during the next day or two while it moves westward at 10 to 15 miles per hour over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

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