Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018’s Atlantic hurricane season

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Beryl has become the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Beryl is about 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles — a group of islands in the Caribbean — and has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the Friday 5 a.m. advisory from the NHC. Beryl is moving west at 14 mph.

Beryl is expected to gain speed and move in a west-northwesterly direction through the weekend, and the weak Category 1 storm is expected to strengthen Friday, the hurricane center said.

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