Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday

Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday

After gaining strength Friday morning, Beryl was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of almost 80 miles per hour, according to the hurricane center.

Beryl has formed into a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. Beryl is now expected to maintain hurricane strength once it reaches the Lesser Antilles islands in the southeastern Caribbean late Sunday or Monday.

Beryl is a very compact hurricane. The storm, while small, is packing a punch as it churns in the open Atlantic, closer to the Lesser Antilles. Even though it's not expected to become a threat to the US mainland, the hurricane's future remains uncertain, as the forecast keeps changing.

Ms Davis added the areas affected by Hurricane Beryl can expect "heavy rain" and sudden violent gusts of wind.

If the wind shear kicks in earlier, Beryl may weaken sooner, and may sweep into the islands as a weaker storm.




Beryl is the second named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

Hurricane Beryl remains small in size but continues to strengthen, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. However, some islands could be placed under a hurricane watch as early as tonight, with tropical storm force winds arriving by Sunday evening.

"Interests along the North Carolina and SC coasts should monitor the progress of this system during the next several days", the hurricane center says.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward as far as 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles. There is a system a few hundred miles off the southeast coast of North Carolina and, even if it doesn't' move over the state, there will be effects up and down our coastline.

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