Tropical Storm Beryl, a compact, fast-moving system, continued to intensify Thursday and could become a hurricane in the coming days. Beryl is now a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.
Beryl weakened to a tropical storm Saturday morning and continued losing strength into the afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Dominica was among the islands struck by exceptionally powerful storms in 2017, and recovery efforts across the region are still ongoing in several countries.
"Places like the Lesser Antilles watch out because you could feel the effect of this by the weekend".
The minimum central pressure estimated from earlier reconnaissance data is 1014 mb (29.95 inches).
Even if the system degenerates into a tropical wave, as forecast, an uptick in shower activity, including some locally heavy rain, and gusty winds are expected in the Lesser Antilles Sunday into Monday. It was moving west at about 16 miles per hour. It was expected to continue to move quickly west to northwest through the weekend.
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The Atlantic high pressure ridge will continue to influence a moderate easterly wind flow across the region.
The first tropical storm of the season, Alberto, formed on May 25 on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula on the western end of the Caribbean.
Waters across much of the northern Atlantic are cooler than they have been in almost 30 years and an El Niño watch issued last month by the National Hurricane Center appears to be becoming more certain as wind shear, particularly in the Caribbean, has increased. However, it is far too early to consider this system as a threat to the Gulf Coast.
The small storm system is expected to continue picking up steam over the next couple of days and is forecast to soon reach 100 miles per hour.
Colorado State forecasters Philip Klotzbach and Michael Bell expect there will 10 named storms in the 2018 season that began on June 1, below average for the period.