Tropical Storm Beryl weakened but is still pushing toward Puerto Rico

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Michael Lowry, an atmospheric scientists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, noted that wind shear over the Caribbean Sea was abnormally strong in June, taking on the overall look of a hurricane season feeling the effects of a developing El Niño, TWC said. The weather service discontinued posting advisories about the storm late Sunday.

Tropical storm watches are in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

"Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states into early next week", the NHC said, adding that some of the resulting conditions could be life-threatening.

Earlier, forecasters said was likely to fizzle before becoming a threat to land.

The islands suffered billions of dollars' worth of damage and some fatalities when hurricanes Irma and Maria struck past year.

Storms named Beryl have made landfall in the United States three different times over the years, in 1988, 1994 and 2012. Rossello, who said the island could experience power outages, urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or a government shelter.

Beryl's upgrade to a Category 1 storm made it the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season. While disorganized, showers and storms continue to develop in this areas and conditions may become more favorable for tropical development over the next few days.

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The storm is forecast to strengthen in coming days and could become a tropical storm Saturday night or Sunday, the hurricane center said Saturday morning.

Lugo lost his roof and two walls to Maria and was waiting for volunteers to secure his new roof before Beryl.

It is barely moving with no significant motion expected in the next day.

An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft dispatched into the center of the storm found that sustained winds are near 40 mph, and extend up to 60 miles from the center of the storm.

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

The weakening tropical disturbance might still bring shower and thundershower activity and locally gusty winds to the central and northern Lesser Antilles from Sunday into Monday.

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