Hurricane Beryl Moving Westward Over Tropical Atlantic

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Beryl weakened back into a tropical storm after becoming the first hurricane of the 2018 season.

Puerto Rico could be hit with winds of up to 40 miles per hour and heavy flooding as Hurricane Beryl approaches a region still trying to recover from last year's storms, forecasters said Friday. Beryl was moving to the west at 15 miles per hour with maximum sustain winds of 80 miles per hour. "Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by Sunday".

Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North and SC and the mid-Atlantic states during the next few days.

In the Atlantic Tropical Depression 3 continues to spin a couple hundred miles off the Carolina coast with sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts up to 45 mph.

Tropical Storm Beryl's forecast track by the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters expect the storm to threaten as it meanders off the Carolina coast.

A flood warning will be in effect for Dominica from 12 noon Sunday July 8 to 2:00 pm Monday July 9, 2018.

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Earlier, the hurricane center had described the storm as "Tiny Beryl" because of "its very small size".

As the storm then moves to the NNE and moves over warmer waters it could intensify into a hurricane by Tuesday afternoon before it then weakens as it races off to the North and moves over cooler waters.

Meantime, forecasters are also keeping an eye on a weather system off the coast of North Carolina that could turn into a tropical depression over the weekend.

Tropical Storm Beryl is moving rapidly westward toward the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

An area of showers and thunderstorms associated with the remnants of Beryl (marked with an orange "X" above) is producing locally heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds over the north-central Caribbean Sea, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The majority of projections compiled by the South Florida Water Management District show the storm turning northwest and passing south of the territory.

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. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, forecasters warn.