The first Atlantic hurricane for 2018, Beryl, has become a category one storm, which is expected to quickly weaken by late Saturday, according to meteorological forecasts.
The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services announced that all interests in Saint Lucia and the Lesser Antilles should monitor the weather system.
The Met Services reported that at 5:AM Friday, the centre of Beryl was located near 10.6 North Longitude, 45.1 West or about 1098 miles or 1767 East South-East of Saint Lucia.
“Beryl is moving towards the West near 14 MPH or 22 KM/H,” the Met Office stated.
It observed that a faster West-Northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.
“On this forecast track, the centre of Beryl will will remain East of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday.”
Maximum sustained winds have increased to 75 MPH or 120 KM/H with higher gusts.
The Met Services said some additional strengthening is forecast for Friday, but the storm is expected 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.
at 5 a.m. Friday. Beryl is moving west at 14 mph, the hurricane center said.
Beryl is expected to gain speed and move in a west-northwesterly direction through the weekend, and the weak Category 1 storm is expected to strengthen Friday, the hurricane center said.
The storm, though, is expected to weaken quickly by late Saturday and become a tropical storm or a strong trough by late Sunday or Monday, the hurricane center said.
Beryl poses no threat to Florida.
Beryl follows Subtropical Storm Alberto, which made landfall in the Florida Panhandle in late May.
Meanwhile, a low pressure system between the southeastern United States and Bermuda has a 40 percent chance of becoming at least a tropical depression in the next couple of days, the hurricane center said.
The system is expected to move slowly to the northwest off the coast of North Carolina and could linger as it comes in contact with another front early next week, the hurricane center said.