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Tiny Hurricane Beryl marks the Atlantic's first hurricane of the season

Satellite image showing tiny Hurricane Beryl in the Atlantic Ocean.
Visible satellite image showing tiny Hurricane Beryl and its "pinhole eye" in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Credit: CIRA.

Hurricane Beryl formed in the tropical Atlantic Ocean early on Friday morning, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

The big picture: The storm is unusually tiny, with a radius of hurricane force winds of just 10 miles, and with tropical storm force winds felt just 35 miles away from the center. It's forecast to intensify on Friday before weakening as it approaches the Lesser Antilles Islands.