A hurricane watch was issued for Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria in September.
The center added that the French tourist islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and St Barthelemy, as well as French-Dutch St Martin, were under tropical storm watch, meaning that tropical storm conditions were possible. Beryl is then forecast to possibly fall apart in the eastern Caribbean Sea as it encounters unfavorable conditions early next week.
Names for tropical storms and hurricanes are recycled every 6 years. Beryl's eye has recently closed off, and some dry air may have gotten into Beryl's core. Its hurricane-force winds extended only about 10 miles from the storm's center, and tropical storm-force winds extended up to about 35 miles from the center.
Intensity forecasts with tropical cyclones as tiny as Beryl are notoriously hard.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, and peaks from mid-August to late-October.
The center of newly formed Tropical Depression Three was located about 230 miles (370 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras.
"Because of the small size of Beryl and anticipated weakening, widespread wind damage is not expected", said AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda. Beryl is on a westward path that will take the storm into an environment with a "much stronger vertical wind shear", meaning it will be weakened by the time it hits Puerto Rico next week.
Wind and rain could be expected on those islands in the coming days. It is expected to pass through the Lesser Antilles late Sunday, possibly with winds near 100 miles per hour.
A disturbance is being watched off the southeastern United States coast.
Several inches of rainfall are likely nearest where Beryl cuts through the northern Windward or southern Leeward Islands. We'll have the latest updates on weather.com. It could become a category 2 hurricane by Saturday night.
Historical tracks and intensities of former Beryls. From there it is possible that the storm becomes a threat to Atlantic Canada, but confidence is low beyond early next week.
While the US 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.