…A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN…
…A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL TUESDAY…
DATE ISSUED: Sunday, July 08, 2018 TIME ISSUED: 02:00 PM
…DISORGANIZED BERYL MOVING FASTER TOWARD THE LESSER ANTILLES…
…EXPECTED TO DEGENERATE INTO A TROPICAL WAVE BY THIS EVENING…
ABOUT 345 MI…555 KM SOUTHEAST OF ST. MAARTEN
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 26 MPH…42 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1007 MB…29.74 INCHES
DISCUSSION AND 24-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 2PM, the center of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 14.8 North, longitude 59.2 West or about 345 miles southeast of St. Maarten. Beryl continues to move toward the west-northwest at 26 mph (42 km/h). This west north-westward motion is expected during the couple of days.
On the forecast track, the center of Beryl or its remnants will approach the Lesser Antilles this evening and cross the island chain overnight. The center of Beryl is expected to pass about 120 miles south of St. Maarten sometime early Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours, and Beryl is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure by this evening as it moves across the Lesser Antilles into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Monday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).
EXPECTED HAZARDS AFFECTING ST. MAARTEN
Gusty winds up to 26 knots/30 mph can be expected Sunday night through Monday with occasional higher gusts.
SEAS: Seas are deteriorating, swells of up to 10 feet are expected. Small craft operators and sea bathers should be vigilant. A small craft advisory for St. Maarten is in effect.
RAINFALL: Accumulations of 2 to 3 inches of rainfall is expected; some flooding is possible.
ALL RESIDENTS/VISITORS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT AND KEEP UPDATED.
THE METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR TROPICAL STORM BERYL AND ISSUE SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETINS.
The next update will be issued today at 5PM (21:00 UTC).
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…GENERALLY WITHIN 48 H OURS.