'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder


However, the storm lost strength throughout the day Saturday and will continue to weaken as it moves west. Beryl is a tropical storm as of early Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, after starting out as a hurricane on Saturday morning. It is east of SC and forecasters believe the system could strengthen before the weekend as it moves to the west-northwest and then to the north between Bermuda and the East Coast of the United States. Storm force winds extend just 35 miles from Beryl's center.

The newly formed tropical storm is now over 1 200 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwest.

Meanwhile, a separate storm, Tropical Depression Three, that formed off the Carolina coast on Friday afternoon also was slowing down.

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the USA coast for the next two or three days.

The system is expected to deteriorate before moving closer to Peurto Rico in the coming days.

Colorado State University forecasters cut their estimate of storm activity during the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, citing cooler ocean temperatures and the likely formation of a weak El Niño.

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Beryl has continued to show signs of weakening, and is no longer a hurricane or tropical storm.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beryl's maximum sustained winds had decreased to 45 miles per hour (75 kph) late Saturday. TD2 will track westward through this week into the weekend (see Fig. 1).

Though the storm's intensity could still fluctuate unpredictably, its chances of regaining hurricane strength before reaching the Lesser Antilles, the arc of islands from the US Virgin Islands to Grenada, have dropped significantly, CNN meteorologists said.

By the work week, the front will begin to fizzle out and the upper level low will pass to the west. Rain chances though don't decrease very much.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical storm Beryl disintegrated Sunday as it zipped toward the eastern Caribbean, where forecasters still warned of heavy rains on islands struggling to recover from last year's deadly hurricanes.