Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018 season

Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday

Beryl remains small in size but is getting stronger in the Atlantic Ocean early Friday.

Tropical Depression Beryl is seen in this NASA handout satellite image dated May 29, 2012. It's moving west at 15 mph and located about 1,045 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. "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.

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 hurricane center has been monitoring it for days, and said rain and storms have been increasing as of Friday morning.

The tropical wave closest to the United States is weaker, but strengthening and given a 70 to 80 percent chance of becoming a named storm.

Forecasters said the storm is expected to dump heavy rain across islands including Dominica and Puerto Rico, which could also be hit with winds of more than to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) and flooding. Forecasters said there's a greater-than-usual uncertainty in the analysis of the storm's current intensity and in the forecasted intensity.

The National Hurricane Center upgraded Hurricane Beryl early Friday morning. "It would be best if they are completed by June 1st at the start of hurricane season".

It dumped heavy rain on the U.S. It's unclear whether remnants of Beryl will reach the U.S.

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