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Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Early Friday, Beryl became the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

In Dominica, which was torn apart by Hurricane Maria last September, the government announced that a curfew and state of emergency will go into effect at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The hurricane centre said Beryl's remnant had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) late Sunday and was moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour (43 kph).

The system could degenerate into an open trough by the time it reaches the central Caribbean Sea and Hispaniola on Tuesday.

On the forecast track, the center of Beryl or its remnants will approach the Lesser Antilles on Sunday, cross the island chain on Sunday night, and move near or south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday. 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.

Maximum sustained winds are estimated to be near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts, but recent satellite images suggest that Beryl is becoming less organised.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

The intensifying, slow-moving storm will lumber along the coast of the Carolinas, ripping currents and tearing surf across mid-Atlantic beaches during a period over the next week or so. Regardless of strength, Beryl is expected to bring gusty winds and heavy rainfall to a small area of the Lesser Antilles Sunday and Sunday night.

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.

Long lines were reported outside grocery stores on the islands of Dominica, Puerto Rico and elsewhere as people bought food and water as a preventive measure, the Associated Press reported. He recently noted that some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs. Additional strengthening possible before it runs into a wall of dry air and shear ahead.

Rodriguez said he doesn't think Puerto Rico is ready for another storm, "not even a small one". However, forecasters warned that may not occur in time to spare the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where storms often trigger unsafe mudslides and flash flooding.

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