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But, forecasters said, the storms will run into a frontal system by Sunday that would limit any additional development. Four of those, they say, are likely to become hurricanes.

TD 3 is not expected to do much movement or development in the next few days but is forecast to move north through the Western Atlantic Ocean off the U.S. coast and develop into Hurricane Chris by the middle of the week.

Although what had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane was losing power, residents on islands hit hard by storms previous year stocked up on food and water and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft dispatched into the center of the storm found that sustained winds are near 40 mph, and extend up to 60 miles from the center of the storm.

The newly formed tropical storm is now over 1 200 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwest.

In their own forecasts released in May, the National Hurricane Center and Colorado State University had predicted a normal to above average hurricane season.

The National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. the storm was moving west at 14 miles per hour with sustained winds up 75 miles per hour. It is forecast to become a tropical storm by sometime Friday. Maximum wind speeds in this smaller than average storm are about 45 miles per hour.

A tropical storm warning was in place in Dominica, replacing an earlier hurricane watch, and Guadeloupe.

Still, the remnants of the storm should bring locally heavy rains and gusty winds to portions of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday and Monday, the hurricane center said.

Meteorologists at National Hurricane Center have upgraded a mid-Atlantic tropical depression to Tropical Storm Beryl, calling the storm's rapid development a surprise.

Forecast models suggests Beryl could reach hurricane strength within 36 hours, but after that time increasing westerly shear is expected to cause weakening.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm was likely to strengthen. Right now, the NHC forecast calls for Beryl to degenerate into a tropical wave by Tuesday.


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