Here's Beryl, the first hurricane of the 2018 season

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 7, 2018

Beryl could strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane this weekend with winds of up to 100 miles per hour before entering the eastern Caribbean on Sunday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Effective at 8 p.m. Friday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Juan set Port Condition WHISKEY for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgins Islands due to the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 miles per hour from Hurricane Beryl.

Beryl should impact the islands as a tropical storm.

A hurricane watch was issued for Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria in September as a Category 5 storm.

Meanwhile, a well defined low pressure system about midway between the southeastern United States and Bermuda is producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms. 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.

The storm should begin to weaken once it reaches the eastern Caribbean on Monday.

BEWARE OF MISINFORMATION: As you seek online information on these tropical systems, watch out for "hype sites" and provocative social media posts that only showcase the more dire computer forecast model solutions.

In a press briefing on Thursday, Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, said that, despite the storm's expected weakening, Beryl remains "a danger due to the vulnerable condition of Puerto Rico".

Hurricane Beryl, a Category 1 hurricane, is the second named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

Projected path of Hurricane Beryl.

As Invest 96 L develops into a tropical cyclone (tropical depression or tropical storm) over the next couple of days, the system will track slowly north and westward towards the outerbanks of North Carolina.

Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Beryl, as additional watches could be required for other islands tonight or early Saturday.

The average second tropical storm is on August 1 while the average first hurricane doesn't occur until August 10.

Meteorologists say Beryl is a compact hurricane, with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 10 miles from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 35 miles.

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