Beryl becomes a hurricane east of the Lesser Antilles; Watching the tropics west of Bermuda
Beryl has strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Beryl will continue to track westward through an environment of warm water and low wind shear which is favorable for additional strengthening. However, Beryl is embedded in dry air and Saharan dust which will inhibit the storm’s potential and may limit how quickly additional development may occur.
On Saturday, Beryl will enter into an environment of much stronger vertical wind shear, which should weaken the storm system and allow it to degenerate into a tropical wave before reaching the Lesser Antilles.
Beryl can bring squally showers and thunderstorms to the Lesser Antilles on Sunday and Sunday night into Monday with the potential for 1-2 inches of rainfall with locally up to 3 inches possible. Some minor wind damage may also occur with squally thunderstorms Sunday and Sunday night.
An area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms located a few hundred miles to the southwest of Bermuda may become better organized over the next couple of days. The development of this feature is possible as the storm moves through a low shear environment and warm ocean waters. This area of showers and thunderstorms will not directly impact land before it is absorbed by an approaching cold front on Sunday.