'Tiny' Hurricane Beryl forms; tropical depression may develop off NC coast

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The Category 1 hurricane, the first of the 2018 Atlantic season, strengthened from a tropical depression to a hurricane within 24 hours, surprising specialists who dubbed it "Brazen Beryl". Beryl was downgraded to a tropical storm later Saturday.

Beryl, a tiny, compact storm system in the Atlantic that became the season's first hurricane on Friday, lost strength on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center reported. Because Beryl is an unusually compact storm, tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 35 miles from the center are not forecast to affect the V.I. The storm has barely moved since Saturday and no significant motion is expected in the next few days.

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. On the forecast track, the centre of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through Sunday.

The National Weather Service put out tropical storm warnings for Dominica and Guadeloupe, and tropical storm watches for Barbados; Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy; Saba and St. Eustatius; and St. Maarten. Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl swept over Dominica on Sunday night then dissipated, easing the threat to other eastern Caribbean islands recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes.

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Rescuers are combing through mud-covered hillsides and near riverbanks to look for dozens still missing after heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides in southwestern Japan, where the death toll has risen to 122. National Weather Service meteorologist Carlos Anselmi told the AP that 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) of rain was expected across Puerto Rico, with double that in isolated areas.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said the territory had opened more than 40 evacuation shelters for those in need.

There were no immediate reports on any damage on Dominica from the latest storm.

Meanwhile, a tropical disturbance off the North Carolina coast strengthened into a tropical depression Friday afternoon with winds of 30 miles per hour.