Hurricane Beryl strengthened to 80 mph and was expected to reach 100 mph and maintain hurricane force as it approaches the islands of the eastern Caribbean.
Beryl, the first hurricane of the season, is not a threat to Florida. But while it was previously expected to fall to tropical storm strength by the weekend, it is now forecast to strike the islands of the eastern Caribbean, known as the Lesser Antilles, as a full-fledged hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update.
“Beryl is now expected to be a hurricane when it moves through the Lesser Antilles Sunday night or Monday, and the chance of some islands receiving direct impacts from wind and rainfall are increasing,” the National Hurricane Center said. “However, Beryl is a very small hurricane, and it is too early to determine exactly where those impacts will occur.”
Hurricane-force winds extend only 10 miles from the center, making the storm extraordinarily compact. Tropical-force winds extend up to 35 miles from the center.