Category 1 Beryl becomes first hurricane of Atlantic season

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- Beryl has become the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

By this time, however, forecasters predict that Beryl will be downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

At 11 a.m., Beryl was located about 1,045 miles east, southeast of the Lesser Antilles, moving west at 15 mph. On this forecast track, Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through Sunday.

Meanwhile, a tropical disturbance is being monitored closer to the USA where it is located between the southeast coast of the country and Bermuda. Compare that to Hurricane Maria, whose hurricane-force winds stretched out for 60 miles from the center.

A hurricane watch was in effect for the island of Dominica Friday afternoon (July 6) as Hurricane Beryl made its way west toward the Caribbean at 15 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center reported.

An area of showers and thunderstorms well offshore has now become Tropical Depression 3.

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"Regardless of its strength, we would expect it to bring heavy rainfall to some of those islands, which could be prone to flash flooding and mudslides", Berg said.

The storm poses no threat to the Cayman Islands, and although it is heading for the Lesser Antilles, it is expected to weaken or degenerate completely by Sunday before it gets there.

Hurricane Beryl has formed in the mid - Atlantic.

Hurricane Beryl remains small in size but continues to strengthen, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Strong wind shear and dry air is expected to end Beryl's run before it reaches the United States.

"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".