'Tiny' Hurricane Beryl strengthens; another storm may develop off NC coast

'Tiny' Hurricane Beryl strengthens; another storm may develop off NC coast

The disturbance is then forecast to interact with a frontal system on Sunday, which would limit any additional development, according to the NHC.

TD 3 is not expected to do much movement or development in the next few days but is forecast to move north through the Western Atlantic Ocean off the United States coast and develop into Hurricane Chris by the middle of the week.

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 a year ago, killing dozens of people.

The storm is producing winds of 80 mph making it a category one storm, still located over 950 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday.

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". Conditions were expected to deteriorate late Sunday and last through Tuesday morning.

The NHC's forecast discussion advises, however, that Beryl's small size means "there is greater uncertainty than usual regarding Beryl's intensity forecast".

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

"Beryl is a tiny tropical storm". 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.

On Saturday, Beryl will enter into an environment of much stronger vertical wind shear, which should weaken the storm system and allow it to degenerate into a tropical wave before reaching the Lesser Antilles.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center is not tracking any tropical depressions or storms. Tropical storm strength winds can be expected in the watch and warning areas late Sunday through Monday morning and total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches through Monday.

Tropical Storm Beryl is now quickly intensifying between west Africa and the Lesser Antilles, and it could be the first hurricane of the season in the Atlantic.