Tracking Beryl and a potential system off Mid Atlantic coast

Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Saint Lucia (SLU). It was located 1,140 miles (1,830 kilometers) east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles on Friday morning.

Forecasters said Beryl was expected to strengthen some more in the next few days but predicted it would begin weakening after entering the Caribbean late Sunday or early Monday. Hurricane Beryl, now southeast of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean, is considered a small storm, creating some uncertainty about the analysis, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

While Chris isn't expected to make landfall in the USA, rough seas churned up by the storm could cause deadly rip currents along the North Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts this week.

Tropical Storm Beryl formed as a tropical depression on Thursday, July 5.

Outside scattered showers and storms and rough seas for the Carolina coast this system is not expected to have much of an impact on the United States.

Saturday morning NOAA satellite photo shows Beryl, now a tropical storm, moving towards the Lesser Antilles. Maximum sustained winds were at 75 miles per hour with a minimum central pressure of 995 mb.

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"Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 miles per hour (30 km/h) and this motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days".

By Monday the hurricane may hit Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as a weakened system.

The storm is expected to become a tropical storm Saturday, the NHC said Friday night, with a "gradual strengthening expected through Monday".

By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

Tropical Storm Beryl is moving rapidly westward toward the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea. The system is forecast to move slowly northwestward and could meander or stall near the North Carolina coast over the weekend.

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