Tropical Storm Beryl moving through the Atlantic Ocean

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

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. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Hurricane Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.

It was predicted to pass south of Puerto Rico on Monday as a tropical depression, but forecasters warned that the storm-wracked US territory could see up to 30 miles per hour winds and heavy rains that could cause flooding and mudslides.

The second system, located about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours as it moves westward over the tropical Atlantic, the NHC said. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up risky surf and rip tides. "They should not let their guard down", he said.

The storm crossed directly over Dominica more than nine months after Hurricane Maria hit the island as a Category 5 storm and killed dozens of people.

Long lines were reported Saturday at grocery stores on Dominica, Puerto Rico and elsewhere as people shopped for food and water. Beryl is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain through Sunday across the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands. Some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs. It said winds would fall below gale force during the night, but people on area islands should be alert for possible heavy rain that could cause flooding or mudslides.

"As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them".

It is now 240 miles east of Barbados and 340 miles east of Martinique. The movement as of Sunday morning is stationary, but it is expected to move east and into the open Atlantic over the next few days.

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