"Beryl is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it approaches the Lesser Antilles Sunday night or Monday, and the chance of some islands receiving direct impacts from wind and rainfall continue to increase", NHC forecasters said.
This morning's advisory said: "Maximum sustained winds are estimated to be near 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with higher gusts, but recent satellite images suggest that Beryl is becoming less organised".
Tropical Storm Beryl has become the first Atlantic hurricane after strengthening overnight, according to National Hurricane Center.
The only storm accounted for this season before Beryl is Alberto, a subtropical system that formed on May 25th in the Caribbean Sea and made landfall a few days later in Laguna Beach, Florida. Barbados Meteorological Services issued an advisory this morning at 5 a.m. and Barbadians should note storm conditions with wind-speeds between 39 mph and 73 mph (63 to 117 km/h) are possible within the watch area within 36 hours. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km)". National Hurricane Center weather outlook. "It would be best if they are completed by June 1st at the start of hurricane season".
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Beryl is expected to remain in a light vertical wind shear environment for 36 hour or so, then encounter steadily increasing westerly shear as it moves into the Caribbean Sea.
Beryl's relatively small size (as of Friday morning) has helped the system organize and develop quickly, but it also makes it vulnerable to hostile atmospheric conditions. A cold front was expected to push it further north, but latest forecast by the NWS says the low pressure system may linger off the coast for a while, and some development is possible.
WAPA's news release said the agency "maintains a state of readiness at all times for not only wind storms, such as Hurricane Beryl, but for any man-made or other natural disaster that may befall the territory". It will likely strengthen on Saturday to a tropical storm. We now have two simultaneous tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, Hurricane Beryl east of the Lesser Antilles and newly minted Tropical Depression Three just off the Carolina coast.
The depression is forecasted to become a tropical storm on Saturday. Regardless, interests from the Lesser Antilles through Haiti and the Dominican Republic should monitor the progress of Beryl closely.
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