Puerto Rico could be hit with winds of up to 40 miles per hour and heavy flooding as Hurricane Beryl approaches a region still trying to recover from last year's storms, forecasters said Friday.
By midday Friday, Beryl was churning about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean; it's expected to reach land by late Sunday or early Monday. The updated NHC forecast shows Beryl reaching the Lesser Antilles as a tropical storm, but it is possible that the system will have degenerated into an open trough by that time.
Beryl will run into upper-level westerlies in Sunday night or Monday morning, making it hard for Beryl to become more organized again, and its chances of being a hurricane before reaching the Lesser Antilles have decreased significantly.
A west-northwest motion with increased forward speed is expected during the next few days.
The National Hurricane Centre warned storm Beryl was expected to produce up to three inches of rain through Monday in the souther Leeward and northern Windward Islands.
Another storm is forming off the coast of North Carolina.
In fact, the only type of effects we're experiencing from Chris, is some moderate rip current risk off our coasts which is expected to last until Tuesday evening. The tropical storm could strengthen into a hurricane as it moves away to the northeast.
The depression has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles an hour.
After it passes Bermuda, the system has the potential to strengthen into a hurricane because of warm sea surface temperatures and favourable winds.
There are no current coastal watches or warnings in effect.
"In most cases Beryl's impact on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will be like a robust tropical wave and not a hurricane", Miller said.
Expect partly sunny skies and isolated showers and afternoon inland storms through Monday.
Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria a year ago as a Category 5 storm and hasn't fully recovered. Interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Beryl, as hurricane watches may be needed for some of the islands by tonight.