Hurricane Beryl forms in Atlantic

"Though significant weakening is expected before it reaches the Lesser Antilles Sunday night, forecasters think the system may hold on to tropical storm status up until it reaches the islands", the department added.

Hurricane Beryl - which only became to a Category 1 disaster early Friday morning - has intensified.

"It is possible that we could have hurricane watches up for some of those islands by tonight", said Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center on Friday continued to watch a tropical disturbance near the USA and said it would likely become a tropical depression over the next few days.

The National Hurricane Center is giving this system an 80 percent chance for development through the weekend.

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The well-defined system was located a few hundred miles southeast of North Carolina on Friday morning.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km).

Will Beryl affect the Caribbean? Forecasters say it is expected to fizzle quickly.

Due to its very small size, there is a greater-than-usual uncertainty in the analysis of Beryl's current intensity, NHC said.

Although there's no guarantee it will turn into a tropical storm, and the system is not expected to make landfall, it could continue circling a few hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina and SC for a few days, according to hurricane experts at AccuWeather. As it stands, Beryl is unlikely to be a significant threat elsewhere. It formed in May, just before the June 1 start of hurricane season.

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