Tropical Storm Beryl has upgrade to a Hurricane, making it the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services says that at 11:00am, “Beryl” was located near latitude 10.7 North, longitude 46.5 West, or about 1,045 miles east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“Beryl” is forecast to move west north-west near 15 miles per hour towards the northern portion of the island chain.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 miles per hour with higher gust. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and “Beryl” is expected to still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday into Monday.

Hurricane Beryl is a compact hurricane. Hurricane- force winds of 74 miles per hour and more extend outward up to 10 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds (39 to 73 miles per hour) extend outward up to 35 miles.

The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services says it will continue to monitor the progress of this system and update as necessary.

Additionally, East North-east to East winds at approximately 25 kilometers per hour – 45 kilometers per hour winds are forecast and seas are to remain moderate to rough (2.0 meters to 2.5 meters ).

Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution.

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