Beryl Degenerates But Could Reform; Dominica Government Lifts State Of Emergency

Updated to give latest on remnants of Beryl and forecast for Tropical Storm Chris as of Tuesday morning.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday July 10, 2018 – Beryl has degenerated but could possibly become a storm again, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami has indicated.

Beryl reached hurricane status last Friday, but by Saturday it was a tropical storm and by Sunday night it had degenerated further, although its remnants are still producing strong gusty winds and areas of
heavy rain over Puerto Rico, portions of Hispaniola, and the adjacent Atlantic and Caribbean waters.

However, the NHC said this might not be the end of Beryl.

It said this morning that the current system is expected to move west-northwestward across Hispaniola this morning and over the southeastern Bahamas later today, and while little development is expected during the next day or so due to land interaction and unfavourable upper-level winds, “the disturbance is forecast to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for the regeneration of a tropical cyclone later this week”.

There is a 50 per cent chance that regeneration could occur over the next five days.

Regardless of development, however, the NHC says locally heavy rains and gusty winds are likely over portions of Hispaniola and the Bahamas as the remnants of Beryl move through those areas.

Meantime, the state of emergency and curfew implemented in Dominica on Saturday evening, ahead of a potential impact by Beryl, was discontinued yesterday morning.

Authorities said that based on the 11 p.m. advisory issued on Sunday night by the NHC, which lifted the tropical storm watch on Dominica, the all-clear was given at 6 a.m.

The third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season which runs June 1 to September 30, has also formed.

Chris is meandering well off the coast of the Carolinas in the US, and expected to reach hurricane strength later today. The NHC said swells generated by the storm are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states during the next few days.

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