'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder

Subtropical Storm Alberto came ashore on the Florida Panhandle in late May. Despite this early season activity some forecasters are expecting the rest of the season to be below average

Beryl was the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and the first hurricane.

Dominica, a former British colony where Maria left more than 30 people dead last September, was the only area where hurricane conditions were possible so far as Hurricane Beryl moved west, said the United States National Hurricane Center in Miami. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

The hurricane centre said there was a possibility that the remnants of Beryl could regenerate into a tropical cyclone in a few days while moving across the Bahamas.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Gusty winds began to hit the eastern Caribbean on Sunday as Tropical Storm Beryl advanced rapidly toward a region struggling to recover from last year's deadly hurricanes.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but forecasters say swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce unsafe surf and rip current conditions. "They should not let their guard down", he said.

Meteorologists estimate there will be four hurricanes, 10 named storms and one major hurricane this season.

Long lines were reported Saturday at grocery stores on Dominica, Puerto Rico and elsewhere as people shopped for food and water.




The leftover bits of Beryl looked set to bring two to three inches of rain to Puerto Rico, along with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

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.

Meanwhile, another storm, Tropical Depression 3, is crawling over the Atlantic about 150 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and is forecast to accelerate northeastward on Wednesday and Thursday.

In explaining the changed forecast, they note that the tropical Atlantic is much colder than normal.

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

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