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Beryl weakens to tropical storm; Tropical Depression 3 getting better organized

Beryl weakens to tropical storm; Tropical Depression 3 getting better organized

The Colorado State University tropical weather forecasting team led by Phil Klotzbach has reduced its forecast for 2018 Atlantic hurricane season activity, citing "much colder than normal" sea surface temperatures as the reason for expecting fewer named storms and hurricanes this year.

"Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday", the agency said.

Tropical Storm Chris formed Sunday off the NC coast and is expected to move very little over the next couple of days.

The storm is forecast to strengthen in coming days and could become a tropical storm Saturday night or Sunday, the hurricane center said Saturday morning.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about people still living with tarps on their roofs after Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm previous year, killing dozens of people.

In the Caribbean, a tropical storm warning was up on Guadeloupe and Dominica and long lines were reported at grocery stores on several islands as people shopped for food and water. It made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a subtropical storm and ushered drenching rains across states in the South and Midwest.

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Gov. Ricardo Rossello said an emergency declaration remained in effect in advance of the tropical storm.

Now, it's moving west-northwest at 23 mph with 45 mph sustained winds that extend 45 miles from the storm's center, still described as "disorganized".

"Here's hoping it misses us", said one shopper, Sandra Whitcher, who owns the Coffeeriver Cottages on Dominica. Barbados' government removed at tropical storm watch.

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 risky surf and rip current conditions.

Beryl was a tropical storm late Saturday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, after starting out as a hurricane on Saturday morning. It was centred 60 miles (95 kilometres) east of Martinique and was zipping west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph).

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


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