The weather disturbance recently identified in the Atlantic has upgraded to a tropical storm.
Tropical Storm Beryl formed in the Atlantic on Thursday (July 5) and is located about 1,330 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles where the BVI is located.
Tropical Storm Beryl is forecast to have maximum sustained winds of 40 to 65 miles per hour.
The storm is further forecast to affect the British Virgin Islands late Sunday, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said.
It is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms and as the weather system gains strength, it is forecast to continue on a westward to a west-northwestward direction.
The department is encouraging residents and visitors to monitor the storm and ‘expedite preparations’ should it affect the territory. It said the DDM will provide updates as the system progresses.
A major daily newspaper in the United States, the Washington Post, has reported the storm as ‘tiny and weak’.
“Forecasters predict it will not grow to its full potential. In fact, this system will probably lose its designation in about three days — before it even reaches the Lesser Antilles,” the publication reported on Thursday, July 5.