As Beryl Moves Toward Lesser Antilles, A Depression Forms Off The Carolinas Coast

At 5:00 a.m. the centre of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 11.1 degrees North, longitude 49.8 degrees West or about 1330 km east southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 22 km/h or 14 mph. A west-northwestward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days. The Met Office says on the forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 km/h or 75 mph with higher gusts. Due to the small size of the hurricane, short-term changes in intensity, up or down, could occur over the next day or two, but Beryl is forecast to be near hurricane strength as it nears the Lesser Antilles. Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the Eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, but the system may not degenerate into an open trough until it reaches the vicinity of Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Hurricane Beryl is not a threat to Jamaica at this time. The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation. 

Meanwhile. At 5:00 a.m. the center of Tropical Depression Three was located near latitude 33.2 degrees North, longitude 74.6 degrees West or about 235 km south southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Depression is moving toward the north-northwest near 7 km/h or 5 mph. The depression is expected to meander off the coasts of the Carolinas for the next several days. By Tuesday, a faster northeastward motion is expected to begin.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 km/h or 30 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the Depression is expected to become a Tropical Storm by Sunday. 

Tropical Depression Three is not a threat to Jamaica.

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