Tropical storm watch in effect for St. Lucia

National Hurricane Center: At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 11.1 North, longitude 49.8 West. Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A west-northwestward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Dominica

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Barbados
  • St. Lucia
  • Martinique
  • Guadeloupe
  • St. Martin
  • St. Barthelemy

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area.

Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Beryl, as additional watches could be required for other islands later today.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.

Due to the small size of the hurricane, short-term changes in intensity, up or down, could occur over the next day or two, but Beryl is forecast to be near hurricane strength as it nears the Lesser Antilles. Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, but the system may not degenerate into an open trough until it reaches the vicinity of Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Beryl is a small hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds
extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km).

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