Beryl Strengthens Into Category 1 Hurricane, Becomes First Atlantic Hurricane of the Season

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Category 1 Hurricane Beryl

ABOVE VIDEO: Beryl has become the first Atlantic hurricane after strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane overnight, according to National Hurricane Center. (WPTV News Video)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Tropical Storm Beryl has become the first Atlantic hurricane after strengthening overnight, according to National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Beryl has registered 80 mph max sustained winds.

Beryl is moving to the west at around 15 mph.

On the current forecast track, the center of Hurricane Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday.

“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl is expected to still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday,” said the National Hurricane Center.

“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.”

Tropical Storm Beryl has become the first Atlantic hurricane after strengthening overnight, according to National Hurricane Center. (TWC Image)

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles.

As of now, there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

National Hurricane Center says people in Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Beryl, as hurricane watches could be needed for some of the islands by tonight.

ABOVE VIDEO: Longtime Central Florida Meteorologist and Space Coast Daily correspondent Danny Treanor offers some advice on how to prepare for the upcoming 2018 hurricane season.

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