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Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Beryl becomes 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. The country lost half of its buildings from Maria's 160 miles per hour winds, and is in the middle of a transformational change to prepare for the future storms of a warmer world.

In a press briefing on Thursday, Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, said that, despite the storm's expected weakening, Beryl remains "a danger due to the vulnerable condition of Puerto Rico".

Also in the tropics the National Hurricane Center now gives an area of showers and storms just off the Carolina coast a 70% chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours. Earlier, forecasters said the storm was likely to fizzle before becoming a threat to land.

Beryl is not expected to pose any threat to the USA mainland.

Last year's hurricane season left a path of devastation across the Caribbean Islands and the USA overseas territory of Puerto Rico, where locals are still recovering almost one year on.

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Beryl, a tiny, fast-moving storm, will likely be a hurricane when it reaches Caribbean islands over the weekend hit hard by Hurricane Maria past year. The storm, while small, is packing a punch as it churns in the open Atlantic, closer to the Lesser Antilles.

Hurricane Beryl, a Category 1 hurricane, is the second named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

At 11:00 am today, the eye of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.7 north, longitude 46.5 west or about 1000 miles or 1610 km east-southeast of Saint Lucia.

"Interests along the North Carolina and SC coasts should monitor the progress of this system during the next several days", the hurricane center says.

It dumped heavy rain on the U.S. It's unclear whether remnants of Beryl will reach the U.S.


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