Beryl Downgraded To Tropical Storm, Expected To Weaken Further In Next 48 Hours

By  //  July 7, 2018

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Max Sustained Winds At 60 mph

Tropical Storm Beryl’s forecast track by the National Hurricane Center. (NHC Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Beryl to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon.

The 2 p.m. report shows Beryl weakening sooner than expected and could weaken further as the system approaches the Lesser Antiles over the weekend.

Beryl’s max sustained winds have been recorded at 60 mph and is moving to west-northwest at 16 mph.

According to the latest forecast track by the National Hurricane Center, Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend, cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday, and move south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday and Monday night.

A hurricane watch that was issued on Friday for the island of Dominica has been rescinded and is now under a tropical storm warning.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in Dominica by Sunday night.

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Tropical storm watch has been issued for Barbados, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Martin, St. Lucia and St. Barthelemy.

Beryl is considered a small tropical storm and the tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center.

Beryl is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches through Monday across the southern Leeward and northern Windward Islands.

Rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches with locally higher amounts are expected for the Leeward and Windward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

At a Glance The Weather Channel

– Beryl has weakened to a tropical storm.
– Tropical storm warning and watches are in effect in parts of the Lesser Antilles.
– Beryl may bring tropical storm conditions to the Windward Islands Sunday night.
– Increasing wind shear should cause additional weakening starting Sunday.
– Beryl may survive as a tropical cyclone into the central Caribbean early next week.
– Regardless, areas of locally heavy rain and gusty winds are possible as far west as Hispañola.

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