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Tropical Storm Beryl expected to become major hurricane

June 29, 2024

Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to become a major hurricane before reaching Barbados late Sunday night.

As a result, Barbados remains under Hurricane Watch.

A Hurricane Watch is issued when sustained winds of 64 knots or greater (74 mph; 119kmh) associated with a hurricane are forecast to affect Barbados within 48 hours.

The Barbados Meteorological Services says Tropical Storm Beryl continued to strengthen during the day and at 2:00 p.m. was located near 10.0N 48.4W or about 1270km (790 miles) east-southeast of Barbados. Maximum sustained winds are 65 MPH (100 KM/H). Present movement is towards the west at 23 MPH (37 KM/H). The minimum central pressure is 998mb.

On the current projected track, the centre of Beryl is expected to pass 45 km (26 miles) south of Barbados.

The island is expected to feel the impacts associated with this system as early as late Sunday night (June 30, 2024).

During the passage of Beryl, storm-force winds and rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are forecast. Severe thunderstorm activity may cause multiple interruptions to power utilities and services.

Marine conditions will be hazardous ahead of and during the passage of the system. Small Craft and High Surf Warnings are currently in effect for above-normal sea swells.

The public is encouraged to follow the advice provided by the Department of Emergency Management and other local officials in addition to monitoring the BMS, DEM and GIS websites, their respective social media pages, and the local media networks for further information on Beryl.

The next update will be at 5:00 p.m. today.

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