Beryl Upgraded To A Hurricane

(nhc.noaa.gov)

The Latest update from the National Hurrice Center in Miami on Hurricane Beryl…

At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 45.1 West. Beryl is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.  On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday.

Satellite data indicate the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some additional strengthening is forecast today. Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken by late Saturday and become a tropical storm or degenerate into a strong open trough near the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.

Beryl is a very compact hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches).

SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION

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LOCATION…10.6N 45.1W

ABOUT 1140 MI…1830 KM ESE OF THE LESSER ANTILLES

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…995 MB…29.39 INCHES

Closer to home the National Weather Service in Lake Charles is saying Beryl will have little affect on Acadiana…

The tropics will be active, but pose no problems for our region. Tropical Storm Beryl will remain in the Atlantic, and weaken as it approaches the Caribbean. It could produce heavy rains in some of the islands. A weak low pressure area near Bermuda has a 30 to 40% chance for development through this weekend before it is absorbed by a cold front. It could be a threat to coastal sections of North Carolina.

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