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A number of Caribbean islands issued tropical storm and hurricane watches Friday afternoon ahead of Category 1 Hurricane Beryl, which the National Hurricane Center described as a "miniature" and unpredictable.

At 5 a.m. Hurricane Beryl was located near 11.1 degrees north and 49.8 degrees west, or about 670 miles (1080 kilometres) east of Barbados.

But the center did warn that it may still be at hurricane strength when it reaches the Lesser Antilles and moves into the Caribbean late Sunday or early Monday. It will most likely return to its tropical storm status by late Sunday or Monday as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.

THE LATEST ON T.D.THREE: As of late Friday Afternoon, T.D. Three had maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour. Dominica was under a hurricane watch and several surrounding islands issued tropical storm watches, with the strong winds possible by Sunday evening.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, spared Bermuda a year ago, but battered the Caribbean as well as the United States. The storm is moving toward the north-northwest near 5 miles per hour (7 km/h). Even more worrisome: Beryl's path takes it dangerously close to tiny Dominica, an island-nation of 75,000 people still struggling to recover after taking a direct hit from Hurricane Maria past year.

The center says Beryl may not weaken until it reaches the area near Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea.

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Environmental conditions appear conductive for some gradual development during the next couple of days while the system moves slowly northwest then north off the coast of North Carolina.

Subtropical Storm Alberto became the first named storm of the 2018 season.

Beryl is forecast to strengthen as it tracks westward.

While the USA doesn't need to be overly concerned with Hurricane Beryl at this time, there is another story that is sitting off the coast of the Carolinas. The red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone.

Updates on the storm's progression can be found online and NWS is advising residents in the Coastal Carolinas to monitor the storm.