Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Beryl weakens to Tropical Storm

Beryl weakens to Tropical Storm

The National Hurricane Center describes Beryl as a "very compact hurricane", with hurricane-force winds extending 10 miles from the center, and tropical-storm force winds seen up to 35 miles from the center. On Saturday, a hurricane watch was discontinued for Dominica, which endured Hurricane Maria's Category 5 winds in September.

However, the storm lost strength throughout the day Saturday and will continue to weaken as it moves west. Beryl is a tropical storm as of early Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, after starting out as a hurricane on Saturday morning. Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday. Dominica's meteorological service said weather conditions would start deteriorating Saturday night and warned of at least four inches of rain, with the storm expected to pass over or near Dominica on Sunday night. Tropical storm-force winds by Saturday evening extended as far as 45 miles from the storm's center.

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. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch areas of the Lesser Antilles by late Sunday or Monday. In the Caribbean, a tropical storm warning was up on Guadeloupe and Dominica and long lines were reported at grocery stores on several islands as people shopped for food and water.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Atlantic season's first hurricane, Beryl, formed Friday and headed for a weekend push into the eastern Caribbean, threatening islands still struggling to recover from last year's storms.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for Puerto Rico, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts. On its current path, Hispaniola could get a direct hit sometime Tuesday afternoon but it would likely be a rain event, bringing about 2 to 4 inches but even that amount could lead to flooding and mud slides in vulnerable areas. He recently noted that some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs. Forecasters say the storm is likely to maintain its hurricane status as it approaches and crosses the islands. The storm strengthened from a tropical depression to tropical storm between Wednesday and Thursday.

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