Thursday 15 November, 2018

First hurricane of Atlantic season, Beryl, approaches Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, has formed just east-south-east of the Lesser Antilles and is heading for the Caribbean.

According to a 5:00 am update from the US NationalHurricane Center, Beryl has sustained maximum winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometres per hour) and if travelling West at 14 miles per hour (22 kilometres per hour.

Information is as follows:

BULLETIN
Hurricane Beryl Advisory Number   4
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL022018
500 AM AST Fri Jul 06 2018

...TINY BERYL BECOMES THE FIRST HURRICANE OF THE 2018 ATLANTIC
HURRICANE SEASON...

SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...10.6N 45.1W
ABOUT 1140 MI...1830 KM ESE OF THE LESSER ANTILLES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH...120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 275 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...995 MB...29.39 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of
Beryl.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 45.1 West. Beryl is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.  On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday.

Satellite data indicate the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some
additional strengthening is forecast today. Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken by late Saturday and become a tropical storm or
degenerate into a strong open trough near the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.

Beryl is a very 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 995 mb (29.39 inches).

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