"Due to its very small size, there is greater-than-usual uncertainty in the analysis of Beryl's current intensity". As of 11 p.m. Beryl was 890 miles east southeast of the Lesser Antilles, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
As of noon on Friday, Beryl was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.
The storm strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm early Friday morning.
Hurricane season is officially underway, thanks to Tropical Storm Beryl.
Hurricane Beryl's center is located approximately 300 miles northeast of French Guiana.
The National Hurricane Center (N.H.C.) is no longer referring to Hurricane Beryl as a "tiny" storm expected to quickly degenerate. The storm is moving toward the north-northwest near 5 miles per hour (7 km/h). A tropical storm watch was issued for Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, where conditions are expected to deteriorate Saturday night with a potential for a foot of rain in some areas.
Beryl is not expected to pose any threat to the US mainland.
The center says Beryl may not weaken until it reaches the area near Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea. Some additional strengthening is forecast today.
"The hurricane center said rain and storms were starting to look more organized near the system and tropical depression is "likely" to form over the next few days".
Names for tropical storms and hurricanes are recycled every 6 years.
WAPA's news release said the agency "maintains a state of readiness at all times for not only wind storms, such as Hurricane Beryl, but for any man-made or other natural disaster that may befall the territory".
The average second tropical storm is on August 1 while the average first hurricane doesn't occur until August 10. Wind shear is expected to increase around the storm over the weekend into early next week. "Guidance continues to suggest that the forecast tropical-storm-force winds associated with the cyclone will not reach the USA coast", the hurricane center said.
Officials said they will open 424 shelters across Puerto Rico as a preventive measure and urged people to monitor the storm's progress.