First Hurricane Of The Season Forms In Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday

Beryl becomes first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season

Hurricane Beryl is one of only 2 other storms to become hurricanes in the satellite era before August 1st.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the center of newly-formed Tropical Depression 3 was located near latitude 32.2 North, longitude 73.8 West. The Category 1 storm is expected to achieve wind speeds of 100 miles per hour, reaching Category 2 status, over the next day before gradually weakening to tropical storm force.

Even more worrisome: Beryl's path takes it dangerously close to tiny Dominica, an island-nation of 75,000 people still struggling to recover after taking a direct hit from Hurricane Maria previous year.

At some point, upper-level winds are expected to become hostile to Beryl near the Lesser Antilles.

Subtropical Storm Alberto became the first named storm of the 2018 season. The World Meteorological Organization, which is in charge of assigning names to hurricanes and tropical storms, has six lists that they cycle through.

Beryl's relatively small size (as of Friday morning) has helped the system organize and develop quickly, but it also makes it vulnerable to hostile atmospheric conditions. However, some islands could be placed under a hurricane watch as early as tonight, with tropical storm force winds arriving by Sunday evening.

More showers expected into the weekend as another easterly wave moves over us.

"The hurricane center said rain and storms were starting to look more organized near the system and tropical depression is "likely" to form over the next few days".

The hurricane center predicts the storm will continue its path heading northwest off the coast of North Carolina.

It dumped heavy rain on the southeastern United States.

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