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First Alert Weather: Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Satellite views over the night show a well defined eye at times and the tiny tropical cyclone has been named the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season.

The National Hurricane Center believes that some additional intensification is possible today.

The hurricane sits in an environment of low wind shear which is a necessary requirement for hurricane growth. However, the shear will increase as the system moves toward the Lesser Antilles and is forecast to weaken. There is a greater than average uncertainty in the intensity forecast.

Hurricane Beryl is one of only 2 other storms to become hurricanes in the satellite era before Aug. 1st.

It is expected to bring heavy rain and very windy conditions to parts of the Leeward Island early next week even if it falls apart and opens up to a tropical wave.

John Scalzi

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