Tropical Storm Beryl, a compact, fast-moving system, continued to intensify Thursday and could become a hurricane in the coming days.
Tropical Storm Beryl formed in the Atlantic on Thursday (July 5) and is located about 1,330 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles where the BVI is located. It has winds of 35 miles per hour and is moving west at 16 miles per hour.
Beryl strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season early Friday morning east of the Lesser Antilles. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has the storm potentially becoming a Category 2 hurricane this weekend.
The storm should fall apart by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles.
"The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches)".
The year's first Atlantic hurricane weakened Saturday morning into a tropical storm, but Caribbean islands struck by last year's devastating hurricanes are still on alert. "By Tuesday, a faster northeastward motion is expected to begin", forecasters said.
Tropical waves are areas of low air pressure which move from east to west across the tropics, causing areas of cloudiness and thunderstorms.
Beryl has become increasingly less organized, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Wind shear is forecast to clip Beryls wings as it heads west but the system has the potential to bring rain to the Caribbean.
Because Beryl is such a small storm, the impacts of the system for individual islands will be hard to nail down so far in advance.
There are no tropical threats to South Mississippi over the next 5 days.
Another system, dubbed Invest 96L, now centered southwest of Bermuda has a medium chance of developing into a tropical depression by the end of this week, according to the NHC.
No watches or warnings for that storm have been issued.
Beryl became the first hurricane in the Atlantic this season Friday and is not expected to threaten the U.S. mainland.