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Tropical Storm Beryl, the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season, is expected to further weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico in the next couple of days.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Beryl has a 50% chance of regenerating into a tropical cyclone over the Bahamas during the next 5 days.

Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 20 miles per hour (31 km/h), and this motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.

Beryl only kept its hurricane title for about a day, as the system was downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center, holding steady with 45 miles per hour sustained winds, according to the 5 a.m. Sunday advisory.

The system may not degenerate until it reaches the vicinity of Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea. Because Beryl is an unusually compact storm, tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 35 miles from the center are not forecast to affect the V.I. Dominica was under a hurricane watch and several surrounding islands issued tropical storm watches, with the strong winds possible by Sunday evening.

Swells from the tropical storm could produce risky surf conditions along the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states.

Newly formed Hurricane Beryl is on a path that should carry it over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend and into the eastern Caribbean, bringing a new threat to islands still rebuilding from last year's.

A tropical storm warning was is in effect for Dominica and tropical storm watches are in effect in Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Barbados.

The NHC advises that interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Beryl, as additional watches or warnings could be required later today.

"People have to remain alert", Lojero told The Associated Press. The system is forecast to be close to hurricane strength when moving through the region.

Gabriel Rivera-Cruz, a resident of San Juan, went to the same Costco on Thursday night with his family and was surprised to see long lines of people already there.

Puerto Rico Health Secretary Rafael Rodriguez urged all those with serious health conditions, including diabetics, to seek shelter at health facilities, which have generators. However, forecasters warned that may not occur in time to spare the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where storms often trigger risky mudslides and flash flooding.


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