Hurricane Beryl Intensifies to Major Category 3 Storm as It Hits the Caribbean – Orlando Sentinel

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Barrel strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane Sunday morning as it pounded the Caribbean.

As of 8 a.m., the hurricane was located about 420 miles east-southeast of Barbados with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and a westward gust of 21 mph. Hurricane winds extend up to 15 miles and tropical storm winds extend up to 80 miles.

“Rapid strengthening is forecast over the next day or so, and Beryl is expected to become a very dangerous Category 4 hurricane before reaching the Windward Islands,” said NHC Senior Hurricane Specialist John Cangialosi. Is.”

Hurricane Barrel Cone of uncertainty until 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2024.  (NHC)
Hurricane Barrel Cone of uncertainty until 8:00 a.m. Sunday, June 30, 2024. (NHC)

A hurricane warning is in effect for the islands of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Tobago. A tropical storm warning remains in place for Martinique and a tropical storm watch is in place for Dominica.

“A rapid movement from west to west-northwest is expected during the next few days,” Cangialosi said. “On the forecast track, the center of the barrel is expected to move across the Windward Islands and southeastern Caribbean Sea on Monday and Tuesday night.”

It is forecast to strengthen to a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph and gusts of 160 mph, before it weakens over the Caribbean Lesser Antilles. Pass with risk of loss.

Storm surges are forecast to be 6 to 9 feet above normal with large and destructive waves, while Barbados and the Windward Islands are expected to receive 3 to 6 inches of rain by Monday. That can lead to flooding.

Its five-day forecast puts the storm south of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola but still near Jamaica as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday before moving further west toward the Yucatan Peninsula by Friday. As a hurricane.

“Once the barrel enters the Caribbean, the hurricane will increase in intensity, then weaken until about midweek,” said Eric Black, NHC senior hurricane specialist in the storm discussion.

Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University, said the rapid increase of barrel to a major Category 3 hurricane is the third earliest on record for the Atlantic Ocean, behind Hurricane Alma in 1966 and Hurricane Audrey in 1957.

It is also the first major June hurricane on record east of the Lesser Antilles, he said, having already claimed the farthest east record set by a hurricane in June since 1933.

The oldest Category 4 hurricane on record is Dennis, which reached this intensity on July 8, 2005.

Tropical approach till 8 am on Sunday 30 June 2024.  (NHC)
Tropical approach till 8 am on Sunday 30 June 2024. (NHC)

The NHC is tracking two more systems with a chance to develop into tropical depressions or storms later in the season.

Trailing Hurricane Barrel is an area of ​​low pressure in the Atlantic several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands off the east.

“Atmospheric conditions appear favorable for additional development of this system, and a tropical depression is expected to form by the middle of this week as it moves across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic at generally 15 to 20 mph. Moves west,” forecasters said.

The NHC has given a 40% chance of growth over the next two days and a 70% chance over the next seven.

The second system is in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, an area of ​​low pressure over the southern Gulf of Campeche with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

“Atmospheric conditions appear favorable for further development, and the system could become a short-lived tropical depression before moving inland over Mexico on Monday morning,” forecasters said.

Whether it forms or not, the system will drop heavy rains across parts of Central America and Mexico into early next week.

An Air Force spy plane is set to investigate the system later Sunday.

The NHC gave it a 50% chance of developing over the next two days.

The next two names for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November. 30, are Chris and Debbie.

The first named story of the season, Tropical Storm Alberto, formed on June 19 after a slow start to the season. The height of hurricane season, though, is from mid-August to October.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an above-average year in the Atlantic Ocean with 17 to 25 named storms, of which eight to 13 are expected to become hurricanes, and four to seven of those are expected to be major hurricanes. are

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