Tiny Hurricane Beryl is the Atlantic’s first hurricane of the season

Tiny Hurricane Beryl is the Atlantic’s first hurricane of the season

Tiny Hurricane Beryl is the Atlantic’s first hurricane of the season

Tropical waves, the origin of many late summer and early fall hurricanes and the predecessor disturbance for Beryl, typically don't have enough moisture in July to become better developed.

Hurricane Beryl, now southeast of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean, is considered a small storm, creating some uncertainty about the analysis, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Sunday is the day when it will most likely move through the easternmost islands of the Caribbean.

Beryl was upgraded to a hurricane based on microwave and infrared satellite imagery showing a "pinhole eye" had developed early Friday morning. The hurricane force winds extend outwards just 10 miles; the tropical storm force winds extend outward just 35 miles.

Current location of Hurricane Beryl (bottom centre) and a low pressure system located a few hundred miles southeast of the North Carolina coast that has a high chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next few days.

At 5 p.m. the centre of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 N, longitude 47.8 W. Beryl is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h).

Rapid changes in intensity - both up and down - are possible in coming days.

The hurricane might not weaken substantially until it gets near Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea, the hurricane center said in its latest storm advisory. It took a mere 24 hours for Beryl to turn from depression to hurricane, but she's not expected to become a very powerful storm, according to CBS News.

As Beryl continues to show signs of strengthening, the BVI should begin feeling the effects of the hurricane by late Sunday.

Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours were Friday advised to keep track of the progress of Hurricane Beryl, which was due to pass north of the island by Monday.

Weather Channel meteorologist Domenica Davis said: "Hurricane Beryl is on the way to hurricane category 1, winds of 75mph".

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