Beryl Weakening But Pushing Faster

Tropical storm Beryl is weakening but is heading at a faster pace toward the Lesser Antilles.

According to a release by the Met service, at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, the center of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 12.7 North, longitude 52.7 West or 975 km east- southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Beryl is moving faster toward the west-northwest near 28 km/h. A west-northwestward motion with an additional increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles through Sunday, cross the island chain Sunday night, and move south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are estimated to be near 85 km/h with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Beryl is likely to weaken to a tropical depression after moving across the Lesser Antilles. The system could degenerate into an open trough by the time it reaches the central Caribbean Sea and Hispaniola Monday night.

Tropical Storm Beryl is not a threat to Jamaica at this time.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, at 4:00 pm., the center of Tropical Depression Three that formed off the coast of the Carolinas is stationary. It was located near latitude 32.9 North, longitude 75.3 West or 255 km south of Cape Hatteras North Carolina.

Little motion is expected during the next 2 or 3 days.

The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm tonight or Sunday.

Tropical Depression Three is not a threat to Jamaica.

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