NHC: Miniature Hurricane Beryl Speeding Westward
SAN JUAN – As of 5 p.m Friday, Hurricane Beryl was moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour (mph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, with a “faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week.”
According to the NHC, satellite data indicate that the maximum sustained winds of the “compact hurricane” are near 80 mph with higher gusts.
“Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday. Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, but the system may not degenerate into an open trough until it reaches the vicinity of Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea,” the center’s forecaster wrote.
Beryl’s hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles.
Available storm shelters in Puerto Rico can be found here.
The NHC published the following Key Messages:
1. Beryl is expected to be a hurricane when it moves through the
Lesser Antilles Sunday night or Monday, and the chance of some
islands receiving direct impacts from wind and rainfall are
increasing. Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued
by some of the countries in the Lesser Antilles, and additional
watches could be required for other islands tonight or early
2. Due to its very small size, there is greater-than-usual
uncertainty in the analysis of Beryl’s current intensity, and
confidence in the official intensity forecast is also lower than
normal. Rapid changes in intensity, both up and down, that are
difficult to predict are possible during the next couple of days.