'Tiny Beryl' becomes first hurricane of the season

Leroy Wright
July 6, 2018

It had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour and additional strengthening is expected during the next couple days, the National Hurricane Center said. Beryl is forecast to weaken as it moves into the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Beryl formed Thursday afternoon in the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

It became the first hurricane of the 2018 season early Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Some additional strengthening is forecast today. Forecasters said there's a greater-than-usual uncertainty in the analysis of the storm's current intensity and in the forecasted intensity.

The National Hurricane Center predicted that the storm should hit the islands by 2 a.m. Monday.

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The first hurricane of the season has officially arrived.

An area of rain and storms off the U.S. East Coast (at right) could become a tropical depression in the next few days. However, it is not expected to threaten the Gulf Coast region at this time.

That's good news for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands pummeled by a nasty hurricane season in 2017.

The community is also urged by Romeo-Marlin to monitor information from the Meteorological Department and the Department of Communication to stay informed about the storm's path.

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