Eastern C'bean keeps close watch on Hurricane Beryl

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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.

Beryl is now a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Beryl is moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles, according to the 8 a.m. EDT post.

"The system is then expected to degenerate into a tropical wave as it moves across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea on Monday". "Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by Sunday".

But upper level wind shear is expected to increase significantly late Saturday or early Sunday, causing the very small tropical cyclone to quickly weaken.

Tropical Depression 3, off the southeastern coast of North Carolina could become a named storm, Chris.

The Hurricane watch for Dominica, which was implemented at 5 pm on Friday, has been discontinued.

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"By late Tuesday or early Wednesday this storm could attain hurricane status", said the statement, issued Sunday.

The storm was forecast to weaken into a depression Monday by the time it reaches seas just south of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, but that island remained under a state of emergency.

Tropical storm watch has been issued for Barbados, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Martin, St. Lucia and St. Barthelemy.

Hurricane Beryl remains on an westward path for the Caribbean.

The weak frontal boundary that sparked off the heavy downpours Saturday afternoon will still be located over Acadiana Sunday morning providing the chance for some scattered showers and storms to begin the day, especially down along the coast.

Many worry Beryl will cause power outages across Puerto Rico given the fragility of the US territory's electrical grid after Maria destroyed up to 75 percent of its distribution lines a year ago.

NHC cautioned that interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Beryl, as hurricane watches could be needed for some of the islands by tonight, July 6.