Caribbean: Hurricane Beryl - Information Bulletin n° 1

The situation

The United States of America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC) issued an alert at 500 PM Atlantic Standard Team (AST) (2100 Coordinated Universal Time [UTC]) on 6 July 2018 that Hurricane Beryl’s centre was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 47.8 West. The alert indicates that Beryl that a faster westward to westnorth-westward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week. On the forecast track, Beryl’s centre will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday, 8 July 2108 or Monday, 9 July 2018.

According to NOAA, maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday. Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday; however, the system may not degenerate into an open trough until it reaches the vicinity of Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb (29.36 inches).

Watches and Warnings

Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

• Dominica

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

• Martinique
• Guadeloupe
• Saint Martin
• Saint Barthelemy