Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

The Atlantic Hurricane Season's Next Storm Could Develop off Bermuda

The Atlantic Hurricane Season's Next Storm Could Develop off Bermuda

"The tropical and subtropical Atlantic is now much colder than normal, and the odds of a weak El Niño developing in the next several months have increased", the new forecast reads. Four of those, they say, are likely to become hurricanes.

More information is expected in a National Hurricane Center advisory at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The storm that had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane has been losing power, but residents on islands hit hard by storms past year stocked up on food and water Saturday and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

Hurricane-force winds extend only 10 miles from the center, making the storm extraordinarily compact.

The depression was located about 1,385 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 16 mph.

There is no indication either one will form into a hurricane, much less one that will strike Florida, according to the hurricane center.

The NHC's forecast discussion advises, however, that Beryl's small size means "there is greater uncertainty than usual regarding Beryl's intensity forecast".

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The government of Dominica announced that a State of Emergency and a curfew will be in force for the passage of Tropical Storm Beryl from Sunday. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has the storm potentially becoming a Category 2 hurricane this weekend.

The Met Office assured the public however that the country is not under any tropical storm watch or warning.

Tropical Storm Beryl has formed between west Africa and the Lesser Antilles, but is unlikely to survive as a tropical cyclone by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles this weekend. Maximum sustained winds have reached 45 miles per hour (75 kph).

Beryl became the season's first hurricane on July 6, 2018, but is expected to weaken quickly during the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday", forecasters said.

"Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect for portions of the Lesser Antilles, where Beryl is forecast to bring impacts from wind and rainfall to some of the islands beginning late today or tonight", forecasters said Sunday.

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