Hurricane Advisory Issued for Montserrat, the Rest of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands

The first Hurricane advisory for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been issued for Montserrat, the rest of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

According to the National Hurricane Centre, at 11 A.M Friday July 7th, Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.7 north, longitude 46.5 west moving toward the west near 15 mph.

The forecast predicts that a fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected over the weekend and continues through early next week.

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 80 mph with higher gusts.  

Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl is expected to still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.

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.