‘Tiny’ Beryl becomes first hurricane of season; Caribbean islands prepare

At 11pm on July 5 Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 10.4 North longitude 44.0 West

At 11pm on July 5 Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 10.4 North longitude 44.0 West

The government of the Netherlands has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Saba and St. Eustatius.

At 11a.m., Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.7 degrees north and longitude 46.5 degrees west or about 913 miles east south-east of Dominica.

While Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken or dissipate before reaching the Lesser Antilles, some rain and wind are expected to impact those islands early next week. It was predicted to pass south of Puerto Rico on Monday as a tropical depression, but forecasters warned that the storm-wracked US territory could see up to 30 miles per hour winds and heavy rains that could cause flooding and mudslides. This is the third named tropical system of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states into early next week.

Some of the islands are still recovering from the devastation wrought by September's back-to-back powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The National Hurricane Center is giving this system an 80 percent chance for development through the weekend.

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At 11 p.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (48 kph).

The system could degenerate into an open trough by the time it reaches the central Caribbean Sea and Hispaniola on Tuesday.

Hurricane Beryl became the first hurricane of this year's Atlantic hurricane season Friday morning after gaining strength overnight.

Forecasters said Beryl would likely weaken further after crossing the Lesser Antilles. Elsewhere across the northern Leeward and southern Windward Islands, rainfall amounts of 2 inches or less are expected.

Your First Alert Weather Team is monitoring Tropical Storm Chris off the Carolina coast.

Storm conditions with wind-speeds between 39 mph and 73 mph (63 to 117 km/h) are possible within the watch area within the next 12 hours.

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