'Tiny' Hurricane Beryl strengthens; another storm may develop off NC coast

'Tiny' Hurricane Beryl strengthens; another storm may develop off NC coast

'Tiny' Hurricane Beryl strengthens; another storm may develop off NC coast

It was expected to remain nearly stationary over the next few days before growing to hurricane force and moving to the northeast.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about those still living with tarps on their roofs after Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm past year, killing dozens of people.

The National Hurricane Center said in an update at 11:00 am on Thursday that the tropical depression is generally travelling in a westward direction, but is expected to dissipate east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend. The depression is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h).

NWS forecasters said the system located about 350 miles off the Carolina coast is becoming better organized and could be declared a tropical depression late Friday, but the Carolinas will probably not feel any impacts over the weekend.

The system is expected to deteriorate before moving closer to Peurto Rico in the coming days.

As of Sunday at 8 a.m., Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and was moving west-northwest at 20 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles.

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


"Upper-level winds will become hostile well before the system approaches the Lesser Antilles this weekend", according to Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday.

A forecaster for AccuWeather.com said the storm will break apart due to strong wind shear as well as dry air and dust.

Since small tropical cyclones like Beryl often have a tendency to strengthen quickly over a short period of time, some additional strengthening is forecast today.

Beryl's upgrade to a Category 1 storm made it the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season.

Even if the system degenerates into a tropical wave, as forecast, an uptick in shower activity, including some locally heavy rain, and gusty winds are expected in the Lesser Antilles Sunday into Monday.

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