Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
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Tropical Depression 3 forms off the Carolina Coast

Tropical Depression 3 forms off the Carolina Coast

The hurricane gained strength Friday morning and was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of almost 80 miles per hour (130 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Beryl, with sustained winds of 70kts, is moving westward at 13kts, now less than 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Beryl is moving west at 15 miles per hour (24km/h) with maximum sustained winds are near 80mph or 130km/h.

A tropical depression strengthened into Hurricane Beryl on Friday after gaining strength overnight, the National Hurricane Centre said. It will most likely return to its tropical storm status by late Sunday or Monday as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. Barbados Meteorological Services issued an advisory this morning at 5 a.m. and Barbadians should note storm conditions with wind-speeds between 39 mph and 73 mph (63 to 117 km/h) are possible within the watch area within 36 hours.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20km) and storm force winds up to 35 miles (55km) from the center of Beryl.

Below is additional information from the National Hurricane Center.

Spaghetti models show various different paths for Hurricane Beryl, but most take the storm right over Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September. How these factors come into balance will be crucial in determining how strong Beryl is when it moves through the Lesser Antilles Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. The storm continued moving through the state, bringing heavy wind and rain to Tampa, while causing tornado warnings in the Orlando area. Beryl is expected to gradually weaken over the Caribbean early next week and may no longer be an organized tropical cyclone once it reaches Hispaniola.

Government forecasters are advising residents and vacationers in the Carolinas to closely monitor the progress of this storm system, which is expected to drift slowly northwestward this weekend towards the North Carolina coast, where it might stall or meander.

Another tropical wave, known as Invest 96-L, near Bermuda may also become a depression or a storm by next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

- The first hurricane of the 2018 season has formed, but it's not expected to hold its strength for too long.

Beryl's impact on Haiti isn't clear as of Saturday morning.

Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.

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