Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Tropical depression lurks off North Carolina coast

Tropical depression lurks off North Carolina coast

The United States National Hurricane Centre said the system was forecast to become a tropical storm tomorrow, with gradual strengthening expected through Monday.

"Due to Beryl's small size, short-term changes in intensity, up or down, could continue to occur over the next day or two, and Beryl could still be near hurricane strength as it nears the Lesser Antilles". Beryl is a very compact storm with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour gusting to 100 miles per hour at times. As Beryl approaches the Lesser Antilles by late this weekend, it should feel the influence of the shear over the eastern Caribbean (see Fig. 6) and weakening back into a tropical storm looks likely.

The government of Barbados issued a hurricane watch for Dominica and the French government issued a tropical storm watch for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, according to the National Hurricane Center.

This map from the National Hurricane Center shows the latest forecast track of Hurricane Beryl as of 11 a.m. on Friday, July 6. Alberto formed in May, just before the hurricane season kicked off June 1.

As Beryl moves toward Puerto Rico and Haiti, however, it is expected to diminish to a tropical storm. Lojero also warned that the storm is expected to dump up to four inches of rain and could unleash landslides.

The center says Beryl may not weaken until it reaches the area near Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea.

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And yet, Berg said the conditions ahead of Beryl could allow it to strengthen a bit over the next few days as it heads for the island chain extending from the Virgin Islands to Grenada.

Updates on the storm's progression can be found online and NWS is advising residents in the Coastal Carolinas to monitor the storm.

As Invest 96 L develops into a tropical cyclone (tropical depression or tropical storm) over the next couple of days, the system will track slowly north and westward towards the outerbanks of North Carolina. The development of this feature is possible as the storm moves through a low shear environment and warm ocean waters.

Beryl is a very compact hurricane.

Beryl was upgraded to a hurricane based on microwave and infrared satellite imagery showing a "pinhole eye" had developed early Friday morning.

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