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In an 11 p.m. advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm continued to intensify Friday with sustained winds reaching 80 miles per hour.

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe while Martinique, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten are on tropical storm watch.

Beryl will bring a chance of tropical storm winds to the Lesser Antilles late Sunday and into Monday before moving to the west.

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Beyond the Lesser Antilles, Beryl looks to slide just south of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola sometime late Sunday into Monday. Hurricane Beryl, now southeast of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean, is considered a small storm, creating some uncertainty about the analysis, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Puerto Rico could see minimal tropical-storm winds, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward, but it is hard to predict Beryl's track beyond the 48-hour period.

Tropical Storm Beryl formed Thursday afternoon in the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Berg said forecasters aren't expecting it to move inland, "but it could get close enough to the coast to cause some impacts like wind and heavy rain".

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Hurricane season is officially underway, thanks to Tropical Storm Beryl. Maximum sustained winds are 45 miles per hour (75 km/h) with higher gusts.

Some of the islands are still recovering from the devastation wrought by September's back-to-back powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria.

"Tropical Storm Beryl is a reminder that we are in the hurricane season and residents should be prepared to take action when required", Romeo-Marlin said. Hurricane Beryl is moving west at around 14mph with maximum sustained winds of around 75mph with higher gusts. "Confidence in the official intensity forecast is also much lower than normal", the National Hurricane Center said when issue a warning on July 6.

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The storm will linger off the North Carolina coast through Monday, and then begin northeast late Monday night through Friday, the NWS reports.