Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles, the DDM said. The system is forecast to move slowly northwestward and could meander or stall near the North Carolina coast over the weekend. The Category 1 storm - located 1,100 miles east-southeast of the Winward Islands, per The Weather Channel - now has the distinction of being the first official entry into the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.
The system is expected weaken in the next 48 hrs when it reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday.
The path of the now relatively tiny hurricane is now tracking west, towards Puerto Rico.
Forecasters said Beryl probably would dissipate once it moved south of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday or Wednesday.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico could be hit with winds of up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) and heavy flooding as Hurricane Beryl approaches a region still trying to recover from last year's storms, forecasters said Friday.
The Atlantic basin had its first tropical cyclone crowned hurricane status less than 24 hours after becoming a depression. Beryl is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it approaches the territories and the chance of some islands receiving direct impacts from wind and rainfall continue to increase. Satellite data indicate maximum sustained winds of around 80 miles per hour with higher gusts, and some strengthening is forecast.
The pattern does not look to change much as we head back to work on Monday with a 40-50% chance for hit or miss showers and storms during the afternoon, so just keep the umbrella in the vehicle as you might need it. More recently, a low level spin we've been tracking for several days near Bermuda managed to produce enough thunderstorm activity to be upgraded to a Tropical Depression on Friday afternoon off the North Carolina coast.
The Met Office added that people in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise extreme caution as life-threatening flash flooding is possible from Sunday night.
"Beryl is a small hurricane".