Beryl becomes season's first hurricane, but it may not last long

A few strong to severe storms possible Thursday

A few strong to severe storms possible Thursday

What started as a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season has quickly changed as two developments have occurred in the Atlantic over the past week.

A faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week. Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria a year ago as a Category 5 storm and hasn't fully recovered.

Hurricane Beryl, now southeast of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean, is considered a small storm, creating some uncertainty about the analysis, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Beryl is a very compact hurricane.

POND ISLAND-The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Beryl. It was located 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles as of the 5 a.m. advisory.

Will Beryl affect the Caribbean?

The hurricane center has been monitoring it for days, and said rain and storms have been increasing as of Friday morning. "However, at this time the only impacts expected would be an enhanced rip current threat".

"Just make sure your general hurricane season preparations are complete", said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams on Friday. Initially forecasters anticipated a slightly above average Atlantic hurricane season, but no repeat of the 2017 season which was one of the most active and destructive this century. However all Gulf interested should be staying up to date with this storm.

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