6th July, 2018

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS FM) – What started on Thursday as a caution to monitor tropical depression number 2 has, over night, become a call to keep close eyes on a system which has now become the first named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Hurricane Beryl is described as a tiny storm which at 5am today had hurricane force winds extending just ten miles from its centre and tropical storm force winds extending outward up to thirty-five miles.

The centre of hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 north, longitude 45.1 west or about 1029 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands.

Hurricane Beryl is moving toward the west at 14 miles per hour. The estimated minimum central pressure is 995mb or 29.39 inches.

The forecast continued that its present west-north westward motion is expected through the weekend.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph with higher gusts and some additional strengthening is forecast today, however beryl 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.

The Florida based National Hurricane Center has said that that there is uncertainty in how much Beryl will strengthen, or otherwise, before reaching the islands but it remains quite likely that locally heavy rains and strong gusty winds associated with the system will impact portions of the Leeward Islands on Sunday and Monday.

Residents across the Leeward Islands are being advised to closely monitor Beryl’s progress.