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Hurricane Beryl, first of season forms in Atlantic Basin

The tropical storm called Beryl that formed Thursday in the Atlantic is now a Category 1 hurricane. Hurricane Beryl is located in the central Atlantic and is the first Atlantic hurricane of the season .

The storm is located east of the Lesser Antilles, over 1,100 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west.

Beryl intensified quickly from a tropical depression at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday to a Category 1 hurricane just 18 hours later due to favorable sea and wind conditions. The National Hurricane Center says these favorable conditions may remain in place until early Saturday when Beryl could gain even more strength.

They say that as Beryl approaches the Lesser Antilles, shearing winds should weaken the storm over the weekend. Meteorologists say that due to Beryl’s small size, the system is fragile and should weaken quickly, however, they also say there is a chance Beryl may hit the Lesser Antilles as a tropical storm late Sunday or early Monday.

The first named storm of the year for the Atlantic arrived on May 25, when subtropical storm Alberto formed in the Gulf of Mexico, seven days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.