Beryl is the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Beryl is the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

The year's first Atlantic hurricane lost strength Saturday morning, declining to Tropical Storm Beryl as it headed for the eastern islands of the Caribbean. Eventual dissipation is forecast by early next week, but the remnants of the system may continue to move west-northwest through the Caribbean as a source of moisture. At this hour, TD2 has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and moving to the W at 16 mph. Right now, the NHC forecast calls for Beryl to degenerate into a tropical wave by Tuesday.

A tropical depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Beryl on Thursday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.

The one most likely to become at least a tropical depression in the not too distant future is in the open Atlantic Ocean about 1,000 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Beryl is due to reach that zone sometime late Sunday, the hurricane center said, at which point it's likely to weaken into a tropical depression.

The system is expected to deteriorate before moving closer to Peurto Rico in the coming days.

Beryl, a Category 1 hurricane, is the second named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

"With Dominica now under a tropical storm warning, I journeyed East to visit the designated shelters in some of the country's most vulnerable communities".

An upgrade to a tropical storm occurs when cyclonic circulation becomes more organized and maximum sustained winds gust between 39 miles per hour and 73 miles per hour.

The third named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season formed off the coast of North Carolina on Sunday, as forecasters warned beachgoers of potentially unsafe surf in the days ahead.

Tropical Storm Beryl has picked up speed in movement, but not winds, according to Sunday's 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

By the work week, the front will begin to fizzle out and the upper level low will pass to the west. Rain chances though don't decrease very much.

"Gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall will also be possible across the remainder of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico through early next week", forecasters said.

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