First Atlantic hurricane puts Dominica on alert

Hurricane Beryl could hit parts of the Caribbean

The third named tropical storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season continues to spin offshore of the Carolinas, while Beryl weakens in the Caribbean.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius. It was located 1,140 miles (1,830 kilometers) east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles on Friday morning. Beryl is now expected to maintain hurricane strength once it reaches the Lesser Antilles islands in the southeastern Caribbean late Sunday or Monday. It appears, based on the current track, the storm will skirt just south of Puerto Rico, portions of which remain in the dark nine months after Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Beryl is a very compact cyclone, meaning, rapid changes in intensity (positive or negative) are very possible and, overall, forecasts are of lower confidence with these compact systems.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency for the island that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria a year ago. Chris has not become much more organized since yesterday, however, the winds have increased slightly from 35mph to 40mph (39mph is the minimum for a Tropical Storm). It will most likely return to its tropical storm status by late Sunday or Monday as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.




In an update from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami, Florida, issued at 11 am on Saturday, it was reported that the former Hurricane Beryl has weakened to a Tropical Storm. Gusty breezes and heavy rains are still possible across the northern Caribbean islands, but hurricane impacts are not expected. It was moving west at 14 miles per hour, with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Chris is expected to meander off the coast for the next couple of days, then head northeast starting on Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, Chris had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

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