Posted: Friday, July 6, 2018. 4:35 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center has just upgraded the status of Beryl to a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic.
The center of Beryl is now located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 47.8 West.
Beryl is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h).
A faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week.
Beryl is forecast to approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) with higher gusts.
Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.
The hurricane is expected to weaken once it reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, but may not degenerate into an open trough until it reaches the vicinity of Hispañola and the central Caribbean Sea.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km).
A hurricane watch has already been issued for Dominica.
The government of France has also issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area.
Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Beryl, as additional watches could be required for other islands tonight or early Saturday.
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