Tropical Storm Beryl strengthens into 1st Hurricane of the 2018 Hurricane season

Beryl bound for Caribbean islands, possibly as a 90-mph hurricane | The Sun Herald

Hurricane Beryl path

Beryl is expected to hit the eastern Caribbean as a hurricane instead of dissipating, threatening islands still trying to recover from last year's storms, forecasters said Friday.

As Beryl moves toward Puerto Rico and Haiti, however, it is expected to diminish to a tropical storm.

As of Friday morning, Beryl has winds of up to 75 miles per hour and is continuing to move west. Even though it's not expected to become a threat to the USA mainland, the hurricane's future remains uncertain, as the forecast keeps changing.

The current forecast path has the storm remaining east of the Lesser Antilles until early Sunday. Its hurricane-force winds extended only about 10 miles from the storm's center, and tropical storm-force winds extended up to about 35 miles from the center.

Hurricane Beryl is one of only 2 other storms to become hurricanes in the satellite era before August 1st.

Hurricane Beryl was located about 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea, and is moving West.

On Saturday, Beryl will enter into an environment of much stronger vertical wind shear, which should weaken the storm system and allow it to degenerate into a tropical wave before reaching the Lesser Antilles.

Beryl was upgraded early Friday to a hurricane, becoming the first one of the 2018 Atlantic season. It took a mere 24 hours for Beryl to turn from depression to hurricane, but she's not expected to become a very powerful storm, according to CBS News.

According to the National Hurricane Center, some additional strengthening is forecasted today. "It would be best if they are completed by June 1st at the start of hurricane season".

It dumped heavy rain on the southeastern United States.

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