BERYL headed for Barbados while weakening
Saturday 7th July 2018
Hurricane BERYL is now centred about 800 830 miles east-sou'east of the Lesser Antilles headed direct towards the islands at 12 knots with maximum winds of around 70 knots and showing signs of weakening. This category one storm is at peak now with a hurricane severity index rating of 8 out of a possible 50 points (3 for size and 5 for intensity) with tropical storm winds limited to a 40 mile radius. The system should continue weakening before brushing Barbados on Sunday evening as a weak cyclone but will still produce the odd gust. Once into the Caribbean, BERYL will weaken further into a better trough of low pressure with local rain showers and the odd thunderstorm.
Further to the north, Tropical Depression Three is 160 miles south east of Cape Hatteras. This is still quite weak. A few more days of meandering are expected thereafter mixed opinions. Our old friend the Blind Sniper has this down as a hurricane tracking towards Newfoundland. That may be, but it is too early to say for certain other than no impact expected for the eastern seaboard of the United States.
Weather watch for the Lesser Antilles otherwise stand easy.