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'Tiny Beryl' becomes first hurricane; depression forms off Carolinas

'Tiny Beryl' becomes first hurricane; depression forms off Carolinas

Early Friday, Beryl became the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. On Saturday, a hurricane watch was discontinued for Dominica, which endured Hurricane Maria's Category 5 winds in September.

Tropical Storm Beryl continued to strengthen over warm Atlantic waters and with additional strengthening could become a hurricane on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory on Thursday.

However, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said another low-pressure system a few hundred miles southeast of North Carolina may develop into a tropical depression and move slowly or stall over the weekend.

Forecasters said the storm is expected to dump heavy rain across islands including Dominica and Puerto Rico, which could also be hit with winds of more than to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) and flooding.

Because the storm is so small - hurricane force winds extend just 10 miles from the storm's center - forecasters said it's too soon to tell what islands may get hit.

Swells from the tropical storm could produce unsafe surf conditions along the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch areas of the Lesser Antilles by late Sunday or Monday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe, while a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

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Weather watchers also predict that there is a good possibility that Tropical Storm Chris will eventually find its way far north, laying down torrential rain and heavy winds on the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl swept over Dominica on Sunday night then dissipated, easing the threat to other eastern Caribbean islands recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Still, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has declared a state of emergency for the island that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma previous year.

However, the models begin to widely diverge after 24 hours when the system emerges from Hispaniola, with some models forecasting a sharper northern turn over Haiti and towards the southeastern Bahamas.

Tropical Depression Three, meanwhile, sits off the coast of North Carolina, moving in a generally northern direction.

The governor urged people without sturdy roofs to stay in one of the 424 shelters that the government planned to open across the island.


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