Record warm oceans caused Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane experts and meteorologists were shocked to see Tropical Storm Beryl continue to rapidly strengthen in the tropical Atlantic Ocean much earlier than storms typically do on Saturday, with record-breaking ocean temperatures helping it make history.

Less than 24 hours after forming into a tropical depression, Beryl’s winds had reached hurricane force – 120 km/h – at 5 p.m. Saturday, with an impressive shape on satellite images.

The National Hurricane Center forecast projected Saturday afternoon that favorable conditions would help Beryl rapidly intensify into a major hurricane — with wind speeds of up to 115 mph — as it reaches Barbados and the fringe of islands that border the eastern Caribbean by Monday morning.

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