Chris, third tropical storm of the 2018 season, became a depression on Friday afternoon.

Now, it's moving west-northwest at 23 mph with 45 mph sustained winds that extend 45 miles from the storm's center, still described as "disorganized".

The Barbados Meteorological Services reports that at 11:00 am today, Tropical Storm Beryl was 14.4N, 57.9W which is about 130 miles or 210 km to the northeast of the island.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday but was likely to strengthen in the coming days. It said Beryl will have maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and occasional higher gusts.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but forecasters say swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce unsafe surf and rip current conditions.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but forecasters say swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce unsafe surf and rip current conditions.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Beryl - the second named storm of this season - is expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend.

The storm is, however, forecast to maintain this strength as it heads west over the next day, prompting tropical storm warnings for Dominica and Guadeloupe, where gusty winds and one to three inches of rain are possible. A tropical storm warning is already in effect for that area, with hurricane conditions possible beginning on Tuesday.

Beryl is expected to increase its forward speed, forecasters said, adding they expect the storm to gradually weaken in the next 36 hours and become a low pressure system "as its moves across the the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Monday".

Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency.


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