The fast-developing weather system called Beryl moved from a tropical storm to a hurricane in less than 24 hours, but its impact on the Caribbean is expected to be minimal, as it is forecast to degenerate between Sunday and Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center’s (N.H.C.) 5:00 a.m. advisory.
N.H.C. said the center of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 45.1 West. It is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend. On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday.
Satellite data indicate the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is forecast today. Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken by late Saturday and become a tropical storm or degenerate into a strong open trough near the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.
Beryl is a very compact hurricane. 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).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches).