Hurricane Beryl no threat to T&T

Hurricane Beryl, the first Atlantic hurricane for this season, is at this point posing no serious threat to Trinidad and Tobago and any island in the Caribbean.

Both the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami and the local Meteorological Office have not issued warnings or watches connected to the hurricane.

As at 5 am today, the centre of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 45.1 West. Beryl and was moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h).

The NHC says a faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend. 

On the forecast track, the centre of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday.

Satellite data indicate the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. 

Some additional strengthening is forecast today.

However, Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken by late Saturday and become a tropical storm or degenerate into a strong open trough near the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.

The NHC says Beryl is a very compact hurricane.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km).

On Thursday, while Beryl was still classified as a Tropical Storm, the Met Office said Beryl poses no direct threat to Trinidad and Tobago.

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