Weather Blog: Hurricane Watches active in Caribbean as Beryl moves west

Posted: Jul 05, 2018 11:56 AM Updated:


Multiple tropical weather alerts remain active in the Caribbean tonight ahead of Hurricane Beryl's movement toward the region in the coming days. As of the late night NHC advisory, a hurricane watch is up in Dominica with tropical storm watches are being posted in Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.



According to the National Hurricane Center, Beryl remains a compact Category 1 storm with an area of maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. The width of this storm is notable, as hurricane-force winds in excess of 74 mph only extend 10 miles out from its center as of 11 p.m. Friday night.

Beryl remains on a western path this evening with forward speed of around 15 mph. The official NHC forecast cone has the hurricane taking a more northwestern-focused track this weekend, putting it just west of the Lesser Antilles by 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.


Of note in the forecast cone once the storm enters the Caribbean is that by Monday afternoon, Beryl is expected to be a tropical storm-force system sailing south of Puerto Rico. A combination of stronger wind shear in the atmosphere and the intrusion of drier air north of the hurricane are forecast to play a role in it's expected weakening below hurricane strength.

As of this evening Southwest Florida is not expected to see any direct impact from this system given the current forecast, though remnant moisture from it may push toward the state late next week. The NBC2 first alert hurricane tracking team will continue monitoring Beryl's movements and update you first on NBC2 News and the first alert weather app of any changes and developments with the storm.

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