FIRST ALERT: Hurricane Beryl could become a Cat. 2 hurricane this weekend

Updated: Jul. 6, 2018 at 12:26 PM CDT
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(KSLA) - Beryl became the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season Friday morning.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, Beryl is a category 1 hurricane and producing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

Hurricane Beryl was located about 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west at 15 mph.

Beryl is not a very large hurricane and is very compact, which can make forecasting its intensity more difficult.

Hurricane Beryl is expected to strengthen into a category 2 hurricane this weekend. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Beryl just east of the Lesser Antilles Sunday morning producing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.

Beryl is now expected to be a hurricane as it approaches the Less Antilles late Sunday into Monday. There is still the possibility that some islands in the Lesser Antilles could receive a direct impact from Beryl.

Beryl will likely weaken as it moves through the eastern Caribbean, but could still be a tropical storm as it approaches Hispaniola. Right now, it looks like Beryl will likely dissipate shortly after reaching Hispaniola.

Beryl is not expected to impact the ArkLaTex.

There is also an area of low pressure producing showers and storms a few hundred miles of the coast of the Carolina's. The chance of tropical development with this system over the next 48 hours and next 5 days is high. This area of low pressure will likely become a tropical depression over the next couple of days. If it becomes a named storm, then it will be Tropical Storm Chris.

Here's how you can stay up to date with any new developments with Beryl from the KSLA First Alert Weather Team:

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