Hurricane forms days after experts review forecast

| 06/07/2018 | 10 Comments
Cayman News Service

Hurricane Beryl, 11am Friday 6 July, AST (Weather Underground)

(CNS): Just days after the hurricane experts at Colorado State University revised down their predictions for this hurricane season in the Atlantic, the first one swirled into existence 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles in the early hours of Friday morning. Hurricane Beryl is moving west at around 14mph with maximum sustained winds of around 75mph with higher gusts. Beryl was described by forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami as compact, with hurricane winds stretching out just 10miles from the centre and tropical winds up to 35 miles out. 

The storm poses no threat to the Cayman Islands, and although it is heading for the Lesser Antilles, it is expected to weaken or degenerate completely by Sunday before it gets there.

However, the emergence of Beryl serves as a timely reminder that, despite the long-term forecast of much less activity this season than first believed, storms are always unpredictable.

Meanwhile, here in Cayman local forecasters predict light to moderate easterly winds and seas, as a ridge of high pressure lingers north of the Caribbean. Radar images show no showers over the Cayman area. Temperatures will be in the 90’s.

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  1. West Bay Premier says:

    I think that C.I should keep a sharp eye on Berly and be ready . I hope i am wrong , but I think it is far enough to the south and east to be a real treat to Cayman. we have to remember if it doesn’t turn it will travel westward,, and further west it come the warmer the water gets and that’s what hurricanes love .

    • Anonymous says:

      Drink more water…”Berly” and “a real treat to Cayman” . All the school skills of another West Bay Premier.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good wx input and thank you!

      As it is right now, Beryl is going to run into a lot of dry air and robust wind shear. That should ramp it down or quash it entirely. Also, our normally seasonal high sea surface temps are quite low; it appears that the extratropical areas are much warmer. However, ANYthing can change.

      I hope for two things: (1) that Beryl will get all of us in gear and get prepared if we aren’t already. A case of water and six tins of corned beef are not enough.

      (2) That it goes poof before impacting Puerto Rico or, God forbid, Haiti.

      Be safe everybody.

    • john says:

      just a correction: the message that came from the Cayman Islands National Weather Service says no immediate threat not no threat. System very far away from us and the forecast path has it missing us to the north. but models are not absolute so it is better to say no immediate threat. Either way the Cayman Islands National Weather Service will continue to monitor the system and pass on any required warnings.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Jesus! Fosters’ have Corn beef $2/5 – pack up 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:


    • Diogenes says:

      and yet, the “wind and rain” causes billions of dollars in damages every year, with thousands of lives lost last year alone

      Hurricanes are some of the most destructive phenomena on our planet, downplay them at your own risk


  4. Anonymous says:

    Some models have it tracking just north of us…but they have changed 3 times in as many days, and at worst should be just a tropical storm.

    • Anonymous says:

      For those with short memory the “models” had Ivan tracking north of us too. And we all know what happened then. Be prepared. Models or just best guesses.

      • Anonymous says:

        Appreciate the cautionary sentiment, but the long range physics are against that happening with this one.


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