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Beryl continues to strengthen and is now forecast to still be a hurricane as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.
At 11:00 am today, the eye of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.7 north, longitude 46.5 west or about 1000 miles or 1610 km east-southeast of Saint Lucia.
Beryl is moving towards the west near 15 mph or 24 km/h.
A faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week.
On the forecast track, the centre of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or early Monday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to 80 mph or 130 km/h with higher gusts.
Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl is expected to still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or early Monday.
Interests in Saint Lucia and the Lesser Antilles should continue to monitor the progress of Beryl, as hurricane and tropical storm watches could be needed for some of the islands by tonight.
– SOURCE: Saint Lucia Met. Services