While they have projected top winds to be 85 miles per hour, forecasters have repeatedly warned that they are far less confidant about forecasting such a small, unpredictable storm.
'Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken by late Saturday and become a tropical storm or degenerate into a strong open trough near the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.
Interests in Saint Lucia and the Lesser Antilles should continue to monitor the progress of Beryl, as hurricane and tropical storm watches could be needed for some of the islands by tonight.
Beryl is indeed the First Hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Forecasters said there's a greater-than-usual uncertainty in the analysis of the storm's current intensity and in the forecasted intensity.
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Hurricane Beryl's small eye has become apparent in infrared satellite pictures early this morning.
Beryl is a very compact hurricane.
It is forecast to encounter the wind shear and deplete near the eastern islands of the Caribbean before reaching land.
The first hurricane of the season has officially arrived. However, it is not expected to threaten the Gulf Coast region at this time. With Alberto forming before June 1st, the official start of the hurricane season, this is the fourth consecutive year in which a preseason storm forms.