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Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018 season

Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018 season Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018 season
Patty Aguilar | 07 July, 2018, 00:28

- The first hurricane of the 2018 season has formed, but it's not expected to hold its strength for too long.

The center of the storm was located 1,045 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west near 15 mph, the NHC said in an 11 a.m. update.

Hurricane Beryl's maximum sustained winds reached 80 miles per hour on Friday. Thereafter, it's forecasted to steadily weaken as it passes by Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

What started as a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season has quickly changed as two developments have occurred in the Atlantic over the past week.

Hurricane Beryl is a compact category 1 storm, churning at 80 miles per hour. The center's forecasters estimate Beryl will cross past the Lesser Antilles Sunday or Monday.

"However Barbados, Dominica and San Juan expect some locally heavy rain and some squalls with this system as it moves in late weekend early next week".

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While the storm is expected to dissipate as it nears the southern Caribbean islands, rain and winds are expects.

The hurricane center also cautioned that because of its small size, Beryl is harder to predict with any certainty.

Beryl is precocious, in that the first hurricane in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, on average doesn't form until August 10.

No watches or warnings are in effect at this point in time. The new numbers released by CSU now shown a total of 14 named storms (average 12), 6 hurricanes (average 6.5) and 2 major hurricanes category 3 or stronger (average 2).

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

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