Because Beryl is so small, forecasters were less certain about just how much the storm could strengthen.
Even as Beryl approaches Maria-battered and still recovering Puerto Rico from the south early Monday as a tropical storm, few were ignoring the threat two days out.
While this storm system is expected to dissipate by the time it reaches the northern Lesser Antilles, there is a good potential for widespread shower activity and locally gusty winds across the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola on Monday.
Satellite imagery indicates convection has persisted with enough tenacity and enough evidence of surface low pressure existence that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated the formation of Tropical Storm Beryl this afternoon. It was centred 60 miles (95 kilometres) east of Martinique and was zipping west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph). "The system can still cause a lot of damage regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane".More news: Frustrated Cousins called Warriors to get deal done
Tropical Storm Beryl, a compact, fast-moving system, continued to intensify Thursday and could become a hurricane in the coming days.
With sustained winds of 35 miles mph and quickly moving toward the west near 16 mph. Beryl is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain through Sunday across the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands.
Many worry Beryl will cause power outages across Puerto Rico given the fragility of the USA territory's electrical grid after Maria destroyed up to 75 percent of its distribution lines a year ago.
Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told people to store water because the government would be shutting down the water system as a protective measure, and he warned them to stay alert despite's the storm weakening. While the storm was still categorized as Tropical Depression 3 on Saturday, a man died when he was caught in rough surf on a beach on North Carolina.