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Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. It was centered 435 miles (7-5 kilometers) east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 18 mph (30 kph). 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.

The storm poses no threat to the Cayman Islands, and although it is heading for the Lesser Antilles, it is expected to weaken or degenerate completely by Sunday before it gets there.

Beryl remains a very small storm with not much convection around it which is allowing the center to quickly push off to the WNW at 17 miles per hour and head for the Lesser Antilles Islands.

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.

POND ISLAND-The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Beryl.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency for the island that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria previous year. Hurricane force winds only extend out from the center by 10 miles. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has initiated advisories on TD 3.

The storm should begin to weaken once it reaches the eastern Caribbean on Monday.

- Hurricane and tropical storm watches are in effect in parts of the Lesser Antilles. The storm is forecast to intensify into a hurricane over the next several days but remain off the coast before zipping off toward Newfoundland late in the week.

Hurricane Beryl became the first hurricane of this year's Atlantic hurricane season Friday morning after gaining strength overnight.

While the storm is expected to dissipate as it nears the southern Caribbean islands, rain and winds are expects.

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