FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, July 8, 2018 – 5:00 a.m.
......BERYL EXPECTED TO CROSS THE LESSER ANTILLES TONIGHT BEFORE WEAKENING OVER THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA...
At 4:00 A.M., the center of Tropical Storm Beryl was
located near latitude 13.7 degrees North, longitude 56.0 degrees West or 380km
east of the island of Barbados . Beryl is
moving toward the west-northwest near 31 km/h and this
motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the
next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Beryl
will approach the Lesser Antilles today, cross the island chain
tonight, and move near or south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto
Rico on Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 km/h with higher gusts.
Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Beryl is
forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure as it moves
across the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday.
Tropical Storm Beryl is not a threat to Jamaica at this time .
The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation.
...TROPICAL DEPRESSION THREE STRENGTHENS TO BECOME TROPICAL STORM CHRIS.....
At 4:00 A.M., the center of Tropical Storm Chris was
located by an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft near
latitude 33.0 degrees North, longitude 75.5 degrees West or 245km south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Chris is forecast to meander off the coast of the Carolinas for the next several days.
An acceleration toward the northeast is expected to begin on
Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that
the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 km/h
with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Chris
is expected to become a hurricane by mid-week.
Tropical Storm Chris is not a threat to Jamaica.
The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor this situation.