MIAMI, Jul. 6, CMC – Interests in the Lesser Antilles have been urged to monitor Beryl, the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season
Located approximately 1140 miles east south east of the Lesseer Antilles, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and is moving west at 14 miles per hour.
The Miami based National Hurricane Centre says at 5:00 am (local time), Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 45.1 West and a faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.
On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday.
Satellite data indicate the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph with higher gusts and some additional strengthening is forecast today.
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.
Beryl is a very compact hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles
The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb.