By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Sat. July 7, 2018: A Caribbean nation that was devastated during the 2017 hurricane season was under a hurricane watch last night as forecasters of the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tropical Storm Beryl could become a hurricane by Sunday.

At around 10 p.m. last night, the storm was about 925 miles east south east of the Lesser Antilles as Dominica remained under a hurricane watch.

At press time, the storm had reached wind strengths of 80 mph as Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy remained under a tropical storm warning.

On the current forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday.  Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, but the system may not degenerate into an open trough until it reaches the vicinity of Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea.

Tropical storm or hurricane conditions are possible within the watch areas by late Sunday or Monday.
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