Tracking Beryl and a potential system off Mid Atlantic coast

At 11pm on July 5 Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 10.4 North longitude 44.0 West

Hurricane Beryl is now the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season, and forecasters said that the storm may reach the Lesser Antilles Islands by Sunday.

On Friday, the National Hurricane Center upgraded a tropical storm in the central Atlantic to Hurricane Beryl, with top wind speeds of 80 miles per hour.

The storm strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm early Friday morning. Regardless, interests from the Lesser Antilles through Haiti and the Dominican Republic should monitor the progress of Beryl closely.

At 11 a.m. its peak winds were clocked at 80 mph, or 6 mph above the threshold for gaining hurricane status, and those winds were forecast to grow to 100 mph in the next 48 hours. The hurricane center said it would likely become a tropical storm Saturday and continue strengthening over the next few days while remaining far offshore.

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. It is expected to weaken after Sunday to a tropical storm.

Berg said forecasters aren't expecting it to move inland, "but it could get close enough to the coast to cause some impacts like wind and heavy rain".

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In an update from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami, Florida, issued at 11 am on Saturday, it was reported that the former Hurricane Beryl has weakened to a Tropical Storm.

Projected path of Hurricane Beryl.

"Across the remainder of the Leeward and Windward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, rainfall amounts of one to two inches with locally higher amounts are expected", it added.

The storm is heading west-northwestward towards the Lesser Antilles at a fairly slow pace but is expected to gain forward momentum through the weekend. Hurricane force winds only extend out from the center by 10 miles. It formed in May, just before the June 1 start of hurricane season.

It remains far out in the Atlantic Ocean and is not expected to make much impact to the US, or even Florida. But as of early Friday afternoon, the storm system was lingering several hundred miles southeast of the North Carolina coast, posing no threat to the Garden State.

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