Hurricane Beryl bearing down on Lesser Antilles

Tropical Depression Beryl is seen in this NASA handout satellite image dated

A hurricane watch remains in effect for Dominica, while a tropical storm watch has been issued for Barbados, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Lucia and St. Barthelemy.

The center of tropical storm Beryl was located near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 51.1 West.

The storm, 150 miles south of Cape Hatteras, packs maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. But it now looks like Beryl will maintain hurricane strength as it crosses the islands late Sunday or early Monday, they said.

As of Sunday, the National Hurricane Center was projecting that Chris would approach the Atlantic Ocean waters off Nova Scotia by 2 a.m. Thursday.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but forecasters say swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce unsafe surf and rip current conditions.

This map from the National Hurricane Center shows the latest forecast track of Hurricane Beryl as of 11 a.m. on Friday, July 6.

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On this latest forecast track, Tropical Storm Beryl is estimated to pass between 100 and 120 miles (160 to 190 km) north of Barbados by tonight.

"People have to remain alert", Gabriel Lojero, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in San Juan, told The Associated Press.

For the next day or so, forecasters say low wind shear will likely allow Beryl to continue strengthening, at least until it nears Hispaniola. Lojero also warned that the storm is expected to dump up to four inches (10 centimeters) of rain and could unleash landslides. Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria a year ago as a Category 5 storm and hasn't fully recovered.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beryl's maximum sustained winds remained 45 miles per hour (75 kph) early Sunday.

According to NHC, additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

"The system is then expected to degenerate into a tropical wave as it moves across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea on Monday".

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