HOLT, Fla., July 6, 2018–The first hurricane of the 2018 season has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Tropical Storm Beryl strengthened into a hurricane during the overnight hours.
Satellite data indicate Hurricane Beryl’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph with higher gusts.
Beryl is a very compact hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center, with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds reaching out up to 35 miles.
For the next 18-to-24 hours, Beryl will be located in an area with very low vertical wind shear and over warmer waters allowing the storm to intensify further today.
However, 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, according to the NHC.
While an updated NHC forecast shows Beryl reaching the Lesser Antilles as a tropical storm, the system may degenerate into a tropical wave by that time.
Hurricane Beryl is moving toward the west near 14 mph. A faster west-northwest
motion is expected through the weekend.