Beryl becomes first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season

Pablo Tucker
July 6, 2018

It will most likely return to its tropical storm status by late Sunday or Monday as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.

Hurricane Beryl's maximum sustained winds reached 80 miles per hour on Friday. Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria previous year as a Category 5 storm and hasn't fully recovered.

The hurricane gained strength Friday morning and was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of almost 80 miles per hour (130 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. Despite the predicted weakening, residents in some of the islands along Beryl's path should be prepared for heavy showers and occasional gusty winds.

"Beryl is also a very small storm".

Beryl will continue to track westward through an environment of warm water and low wind shear which is favorable for additional strengthening.

By the morning July 6, Tropical Storm Beryl had racked up enough speed and strength to transform from a tropical depression into a full-fledged hurricane.

Officials said they will open 424 shelters across Puerto Rico as a preventive measure and urged people to monitor the storm's progress.

Earlier this week, the tropical meteorology research team at Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Atmospheric Sciences made adjustments to the original Atlantic Hurricane season forecast released back in early April.

Beryl could become a hurricane by today, Friday or Saturday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict five to nine hurricanes in the Atlantic this season, including up to four storms in category 3, 4 or 5.

The well-defined system was located a few hundred miles southeast of North Carolina on Friday morning.

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