Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018 season

It was located 1,045 miles (1,685 kilometers) east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles on Friday morning and was moving west at 15 mph (24 kph).

On the forecast track, the centre of Hurricane Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday.

HOW THE SYSTEM MAY AFFECT SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA: Tropical Depression Three presents no direct threats to Southeastern North Carolina. The country lost half of its buildings from Maria's 160 miles per hour winds, and is in the middle of a transformational change to prepare for the future storms of a warmer world. As such, the intensity forecast is somewhat problematic in that warm water and low wind shear are favorable for intensification while drier air ahead of the system will have the opposite effect.

"However, Beryl is a very small hurricane, and it is too early to determine exactly where those impacts will occur".

Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours were Friday advised to keep track of the progress of Hurricane Beryl, which was due to pass north of the island by Monday. This image is provided by the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, subtropical storm Alberto, failed to reach hurricane status. "The forecast could change for the better or worse". Neither has Puerto Rico, where hundreds are still living under makeshift roofs and more than 1,000 customers remain without power more than nine months after the storm.

The storm is expected to weaken dramatically once it hits land. Four 2017 storms - Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate - caused their names to be retired. The storm's hurricane-force winds are only 20 miles wide, relatively small for a hurricane, so Beryl's behavior is especially unpredictable.

Updates on the storm's progression can be found online and NWS is advising residents in the Coastal Carolinas to monitor the storm.

Vanessa Coleman