Hurricane Beryl loses some strength, now with 75 miles per hour winds

  • Hurricane Beryl loses some strength, now with 75 miles per hour winds

Hurricane Beryl loses some strength, now with 75 miles per hour winds

Hurricane Beryl is a very compact cyclone, meaning, rapid changes in intensity (positive or negative) are very possible and, overall, forecasts are of lower confidence with these compact systems.

The hurricane center said: 'Satellite data indicate the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Forecasters say it is unlikely to have much impact on the island, which is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria previous year. Maximum sustained winds were at 75 miles per hour with a minimum central pressure of 995 mb. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles.

The National Hurricane Center predicted that the storm should hit the islands by 2 a.m. Monday.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, spared Bermuda previous year, but battered the Caribbean as well as the United States. It's moving west at 15 miles per hour.

While the storm is expected to dissipate as it nears the southern Caribbean islands, rain and winds are expects.

Beryl's relatively small size (as of Friday morning) has helped the system organize and develop quickly, but it also makes it vulnerable to hostile atmospheric conditions.

X marks possible trouble spot off the Carolina coast; the hurricane center sees a 70 percent likelihod that a tropical depression will form in 48 hours.

A separate storm could develop off the U.S. East Coast over the next few days, but isn't likely to directly impact land. A faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.

The agency said that additional strengthening is expected over the next several days.

The National Hurricane Center's long-range forecast has Tropical Depression Three becoming a hurricane - which would be the third of 2018 - by mid-week as it moves away from the U.S.

Updates on the storm's progression can be found online and NWS is advising residents in the Coastal Carolinas to monitor the storm. "Guidance continues to suggest that the forecast tropical-storm-force winds associated with the cyclone will not reach the US coast", the hurricane center said.