Hurricane Beryl may weaken, but Puerto Rico and the Caribbean are on alert

Beryl remained very small, churning along at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, shy of Category 1 status, according to an advisory issued at 11 a.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center.

Though the storm’s intensity could still fluctuate unpredictably, its chances of regaining hurricane strength before reaching the Lesser Antilles, the arc of islands from the US Virgin Islands to Grenada, have dropped significantly, CNN meteorologists said.

Beryl is due to reach that zone sometime late Sunday or early Monday, the hurricane center said, then later Monday head south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, whipping the island with minimal tropical storm-force winds as it continues to weaken.

Still, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has declared a state of emergency for the island that…

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