BERYL Turning Into Hurricane In Atlantic Ocean

The first Atlantic Ocean hurricane of the 2018 season has formed between the Lesser Antilles and Africa.

This storm is named Beryl generating satellite-estimated winds of 80 mph.

Beryl is quickly moving towards the west/northwest.

At 11 am Cullman time, the eye of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.7 North, longitude 46.5 West. Beryl is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h).

A faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week. The NOAA/NWS forecast track shows the center of Beryl approaching the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and crosses the island chain late Sunday or Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts.

Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl is expected to still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.

Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, but the system may not degenerate into an open trough until it reaches the vicinity of Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea.

Beryl is a compact hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb (29.36 inches).

No threat to the mainland United States at this time.

 

BERYL Turning Into Hurricane In Atlantic Ocean

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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