Beryl Up to 50... Could Become Hurricane Friday


Tropical Storm Beryl

Miami, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-What was Tropical Depression Two has already been upgraded to Tropical Storm Beryl.                   

Right now Beryl's top winds are at 50 miles per hour... the storm is centered about 1300 miles east of the lesser Antilles and could briefly become a hurricane tomorrow.

The full advisory is below: 

...TINY BERYL STRENGTHENING OVER THE TROPICAL ATLANTIC...

SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...10.3N 42.8W ABOUT 1295 MI...2080 KM ESE OF THE LESSER ANTILLES MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 275 DEGREES AT 16 MPH...26 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1004 MB...29.65 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ---------------------- At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 10.3 North, longitude 42.8 West.  Beryl is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h).  A fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.  On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.  Additional strengthening is forecast, and Beryl could become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday.  Beryl is forecast to degenerate into an open trough just east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend.
Beryl is a tiny tropical storm.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- None

NEXT ADVISORY ------------- Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.



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