Hurricane Beryl first of Atlantic season

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As of 10 a.m., Beryl was about 1,045 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 15 mph. A faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.

Hurricane Beryl has formed east of the Lesser Antilles and is a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Tropical Storm Beryl is now a hurricane, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) reported this morning, July 6. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

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.

Beryl's "very small size" is making forecasting hard for the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Beryl remains small in size but continues to strengthen, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Officials said they will open 424 shelters across Puerto Rico as a preventive measure and urged people to monitor the storm's progress. CURRENT FORECAST TRACK FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTERAn area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms located a few hundred miles to the southwest of Bermuda may become better organized over the next couple of days.

The tropical wave closest to the United States is weaker, but strengthening and given a 70 to 80 percent chance of becoming a named storm.

Hurricane Beryl is expected to affect the British Virgin Islands late Sunday.

The Atlantic has its first hurricane of the season.