Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018's Atlantic hurricane season


Beryl has become the first Atlantic hurricane after strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane overnight, according to National Hurricane Center.

Beryl is expected to gain strength today before weakening into a tropical storm and making landfall late Sunday or early Monday on the islands, according to data from the National Hurricane Center.

A National Hurricane Center image shows the projected path of Hurricane Beryl, as of early June 6, 2018.

The WLOX First Alert Weather Team is keeping a close eye on the track despite there being ZERO tropical threat to the Gulf Coast region at this time.

The storm is expected to weaken dramatically once it hits land. Regardless, interests from the Lesser Antilles through Haiti and the Dominican Republic should monitor the progress of Beryl closely.

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In its 4 p.m. update, the Hurricane Center said that a tropical storm watch was in effect for the islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

Hurricane Beryl, while tiny in size, is intensifying in the Atlantic Ocean well east of the Lesser Antilles, and its chances of striking the Antilles as a hurricane early next week are increasing.

Maximum sustained winds are reaching 80 miles per hour with larger gusts.

The Met Office assured the public that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any Tropical Storm watch or warning.

Small storms can morph quickly - Beryl flared up from a depression Thursday morning to a hurricane in less than 24 hours. The storm's hurricane-force winds are only 20 miles wide, relatively small for a hurricane, so Beryl's behavior is especially unpredictable. The area of low pressure located midway between the southeastern United States and Bermuda has become sufficiently organized as to be officially declared Tropical Depression Three.