First hurricane of the season reduced to a tropical storm

Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The storm was centered about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras late Saturday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph).

"These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", it said.

Puerto Rico is not now under any warnings or watches from the hurricane center.

Though the storm has weakened, it's still expected to bring rain and gusting winds to the Caribbean islands, many of which are still recovering from last season's hurricanes.

Following Tropical Storm Alberto, which developed during Memorial Day weekend, there were no tropical storms over the Atlantic basin during June for the first time since 2014, AccuWeather reported.

Residents should always be prepared, Colon said. Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about those still living with tarps on their roofs after Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm past year, killing dozens of people.

"I'm praying for all the brothers who are still living under a plastic roof", said Alfonso Lugo in the southeastern Puerto Rico town of Humacao.

On Saturday morning, the chance of tropical storm force winds lashing Puerto Rico was set at 20- to 30-percent, but the government is opening shelters as a precaution.

Berg said forecasters aren't expecting it to move inland, "but it could get close enough to the coast to cause some impacts like wind and heavy rain".

A tropical storm warning is up on Guadeloupe and Dominica, while a tropical storm watch has been issued for the French Caribbean territories of Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barts as well as St. Maarten, Barbados, St. Lucia, Saba and St. Eustatius.

Meanwhile, the remnants of tropical system Beryl are moving over the northeastern Caribbean sea, according to the NHC.

The hurricane gained strength Friday morning and was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of almost 80 miles per hour (130 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. Winds as strong as gale force can be expected along the North Carolina coast and the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds over the next 24 hours.

However, officials in the National Weather Service's San Juan bureau, as well as the National Hurricane Center in Miami, believe that the storm will weaken and slow substantially before it nears the area late Sunday, Berg wrote. Elsewhere we will be monitoring a series of tropical waves as they move off the African coast over the next several days.

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