Vacationers: Tropical storm could develop off Carolina coast

A few strong to severe storms possible Thursday

Beryl is expected to hit the eastern Caribbean as a hurricane instead of dissipating, threatening islands still trying to recover from last year's storms, forecasters said Friday.

"Beryl is expected to move westward and eventually it's gonna run into wind shear and start to weaken as it reaches the Antilles", said Dave Loewenthal, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. It had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour and additional strengthening is expected during the next couple days, the National Hurricane Center said.

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

Beryl, which was upgraded to hurricane from a tropical storm early Friday, is now moving over the Atlantic, toward the Lesser Antilles. Wind shear is expected to increase around the storm over the weekend into early next week.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to 80 miles per hour or 130 km/h with higher gusts.

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Meanwhile, here in Cayman local forecasters predict light to moderate easterly winds and seas, as a ridge of high pressure lingers north of the Caribbean.

'Beryl is a very compact hurricane.

Hurricane season is officially underway, thanks to Tropical Storm Beryl.

This makes Beryl the first hurricane for the season.

Another tropical wave, known as Invest 96-L, near Bermuda may also become a depression or a storm by next week, according to the National Hurricane Center. Alberto formed in May, just before the hurricane season kicked off June 1. On Friday morning, the hurricane was about 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles where the BVI is located.

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