Tropical Storm Beryl takes aim at eastern Caribbean

Muriel Hammond
July 9, 2018

Tropical Wave Invest 96L may become a depression or a storm by next week. The MODIS image revealed a very.

In the Caribbean, a tropical storm warning was up on Guadeloupe and Dominica, while a tropical storm watch was issued for the French Caribbean territories of Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barts as well as St. Maarten, Barbados, Saba and St. Eustatius.

In their own forecasts released in May, the National Hurricane Center and Colorado State University had predicted a normal to above average hurricane season. Maximum sustained winds were 30 miles per hour. Beryl is not expected to survive crossing the Lesser Antilles island chain.

Forecasters warned that the USA territory could see between 15 to 25 miles per hour (25 to 40 kph) winds, as well as heavy rains that could cause flooding and mudslides. A fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.

Due to Beryl's small size - with tropical storm winds extending outward only about 35 miles and hurricane force winds extending out about 10 miles from its center - there is greater-than-usual uncertainty in the analysis of Beryl's current intensity. Dominica is now under a tropical storm warning as the worst of its weather is predicted to affect the island Sunday night.

"Upper-level winds will become hostile well before the system approaches the Lesser Antilles this weekend", according to Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.

Beryl is expected to still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday, the National Hurricane Center said.

It's been a long time since we had a tropical storm.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb.

Hurricane Beryl, a compact storm almost 2,000 miles from North Carolina, is not expected to have any impact on the Southeast coast. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida's west coast in late October. Winds as strong as gale force can be expected along the North Carolina coast and the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds over the next 24 hours.

"Right now it's in its infancy and it's still forming and it's not going anywhere for the next couple of days, so it's gonna sit off the coast and we're just gonna have to watch and see if it intensifies or not", he said.

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