Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018’s Atlantic hurricane season

Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018’s Atlantic hurricane season

Beryl is moving off to the west at 14 miles per hour but is expected to weaken back down to a tropical storm as it approaches the Lesser Antilles Islands Sunday evening.

Although there's no guarantee it will turn into a tropical storm, and the system is not expected to make landfall, it could continue circling a few hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina and SC for a few days, according to hurricane experts at AccuWeather. Beryl is a very compact storm with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour gusting to 100 miles per hour at times. Forecasters say it is expected to fizzle quickly. It will bring wind and rain to the area.

Hurricane Beryl has formed in the mid - Atlantic.

Beryl is now expected to pass near Dominica and the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique early Monday as a tropical wave and then continue south of Puerto Rico.

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Hurricane Beryl was located about 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea, and is moving West.

The storm became a tropical depression and then a tropical storm on Thursday.

Hurricane Beryl remains small in size but continues to strengthen, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

"Beryl is expected to move westward and eventually it's gonna run into wind shear and start to weaken as it reaches the Antilles", said Dave Loewenthal, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. Initially forecasters anticipated a slightly above average Atlantic hurricane season, but no repeat of the 2017 season which was one of the most active and destructive this century. Lojero also warned that the storm is expected to dump up to four inches (10 centimeters) of rain and could unleash landslides.

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