Beryl becomes first named Atlantic hurricane of 2018

Tropical Depression Beryl is seen in this NASA handout satellite image dated

While some strengthening is predicted today, the NHC expects Beryl to quickly weaken by late Saturday and to become a tropical storm or strong open trough late Sunday or Monday.

Barbados and Dominica have issued tropical storm warnings ahead of the storm. No no watches or warning are now in effect for the U.S. Mainland, but Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for the deep offshore waters. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles.

Beryl is now expected to weaken to a tropical depression or even lose it's center of circulation all together on Monday after passing the Leeward Islands. Puerto Rico could see minimal tropical-storm winds, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward, but it is hard to predict Beryl's track beyond the 48-hour period.

Earlier, the NHC described the storm as "Tiny Beryl" because of "its very small size".

Meanwhile, a tropical depression formed in the Atlantic well off the North Carolina coast, but forecasters said it wasnt expected to pose any threat to land.

Farther out in the tropics Beryl continues to gradually weaken with winds now down to 50 miles per hour with gusts up to 60mph.

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The Category 1 storm - located 1,100 miles east-southeast of the Winward Islands, per The Weather Channel - now has the distinction of being the first official entry into the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

It's expected to become a hurricane, but the current forecast path turns the storm away from the coast of the United States.

Some of the islands are still recovering from the devastation wrought by September's back-to-back powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Chris is expected to meander off the Carolina Coast over the next few days, staying over the warm water temperatures of the Gulf Stream.

By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

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