NHC has now classified Beryl as a tropical storm. It’s centered as of 11 a.m. AST/EDT about 720 miles (1160 km) east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend, cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday, and move south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday and Monday night.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Dominica. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius. Tropical storm conditions are expected in Dominica by Sunday night. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch areas of the Lesser Antilles by late Sunday or Monday.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional weakening during the next 48 hours is forecast, especially once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday. The system could degenerate into an open trough by the time it reaches the central Caribbean Sea and Hispaniola on Tuesday.
Beryl is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches through Monday across the southern Leeward and northern Windward Islands. Across the remainder of the Leeward and Windward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts are expected.
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 5 p.m. AST/EDT – www.hurricanes.gov