Hurricane Beryl shifts course, slows down near Barbados

Barbados remains under a hurricane warning as Hurricane Beryl approaches, now slightly altering its path.

As of 5 p.m. today, the storm’s eye was positioned at 11.1N 56.5W, approximately 250 miles (400 km) east-southeast of the island.

Beryl has shifted to a west-north-westward trajectory and slowed down to 18 mph (30 km/h), with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h). The minimum central pressure is steady at 960 mb. Hurricane-force winds extend 30 miles (45 km) from the centre, while tropical storm-force winds reach up to 115 miles (185 km) outward.

The centre of Beryl is projected to pass about 80 miles (130 km) south of Barbados early Monday morning, July 1.

However, feeder bands will bring occasional showers and gusty winds up to hurricane force starting tonight.

Higher gusts have already been reported across the island this afternoon.

Residents are urged to stay informed, with the next update scheduled for 8 p.m. today.

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