Beryl expected to weaken as it moves into Caribbean

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Elsewhere in the tropical Atlantic, Beryl - once a hurricane - has weakened substantially on approach to the Lesser Antilles.

Beryl remains a very small storm with not much convection around it which is allowing the center to quickly push off to the WNW at 17 miles per hour and head for the Lesser Antilles Islands.

Hurricane Beryl is the first hurricane of the season after forming in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles.

A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days. The weakening Beryl is forecast to approach the territories and the chance of some islands receiving direct impacts from wind and rainfall has not been ruled out.

Tropical Storm Beryl moved rapidly westward early Saturday, heading for the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea. A High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning will be in effect from 6am Sunday July 8, 2018.

In fact, the only type of effects we're experiencing from Chris, is some moderate rip current risk off our coasts which is expected to last until Tuesday evening.

Islands in its path may need to issue hurricane watches from Friday night.

A tropical system developed into Hurricane Beryl on Friday.

At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 230 miles (370.13 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (48 kph).

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, according to data collected by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft. Forecasters believe the storm will intensify into a hurricane within 72 hours.

Regardless of development, locally heavy rains and gusty winds are likely over portions of Hispaniola and the Bahamas as the remnants of Beryl move through those areas.

National Weather Service meteorologist Carlos Anselmi told the AP that 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimetres) of rain was expected across Puerto Rico, with double that in isolated areas.

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