Caribbean islands brace for weakened but risky Tropical Storm Beryl

11 July, 2018, 02:18 | Author: Grady King
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The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) early Sunday.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

But the National Weather Service maintained a hazardous weather outlook for Puerto Rico, the USA territory still recovering from the devastation wrought previous year by Hurricane Maria, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts.

Beryl, which had weakened to a tropical storm from a hurricane on Saturday, degenerated on Sunday into an open wave, according to the NHC.

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Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands - places still recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes - early in the coming week, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday. It was centred 495 miles (795 kilometres) east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 18 mph (30 kph). It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up risky swells. "They should not let their guard down", he said.

They predict that there will be 10 storms - 11 in total when Subtropical Storm Alberto which formed in May is included - and four of them will become hurricanes, with one of those being a major hurricane (Category 3, 4 or 5).

The government of Dominica said it would shut down its water system and Puerto Rico's governor warned of likely new power outages.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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The first system, located a few hundred miles to south of Bermuda, has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours while it moves west-northwestward and then northward between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

The hurricane center said the storm was expected to generate swells that would increase in intensity along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts. Some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

It is forecast to remain off the coast of the Carolinas for the next several days before accelerating northeast Tuesday, according to the NHC.

It is now 240 miles east of Barbados and 340 miles east of Martinique.

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