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Tropical Rainstorm Beryl to soak Hispaniola to Cuba; Will it strengthen again near Bahamas?
While Beryl is not expected to unleash damaging winds in the short term, it has potential to spread enough rain to cause flash flooding and mudslides to Hispaniola into midweek.
"Beryl weakened quickly from a hurricane to a robust tropical wave this past weekend, according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. "AccuWeather is classifying Beryl as a tropical rainstorm," he said, though it may still produce a few strong wind gusts.
Beryl is likely to remain disorganized as it navigates the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola through Tuesday night and hilly areas of eastern Cuba on Wednesday.
"There is a chance that Beryl reorganizes over warm water and a zone of low wind shear late this week and into this weekend," Kottlowski said.
Wind shear is the increase in the speed of wind with altitude. High wind shear can lead to the demise of tropical systems, as AccuWeather predicted with Beryl this past weekend.
Heavy rainfall poses greatest threat to lives, property
Parts of Puerto Rico had received more than 5 inches of rain from from Beryl. The heaviest rainfall occurred in the southeastern part of the state. Peak wind gusts were 48 mph at San Juan.
The worst of the storm had moved by Puerto Rico as of Tuesday morning.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that the State of Emergency had been lifted.
Beryl will affect Hispaniola, as well as the Turks and Caicos through Tuesday night.
A general 2-4 inches of rain with local amounts of 6 inches or more is forecast in parts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti into Tuesday night.
While flash flooding can occur anywhere in the swath of rainfall from Beryl, mountainous terrain on Hispaniola will increase the risk of rapid runoff.
Some of the protected vegetation canopy was damaged by hurricanes last year. Because of this and damaged drainage systems, runoff may be much more significant and cause more trouble than would otherwise occur with rainfall of this magnitude.
"Residents should take precautions to stay safe and out of harm's way," according to Dr. Joel Myers, founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather.
Downpours and locally gusty winds are forecast to spread northwestward from the Turks and Caicos and eastern Cuba into the central Bahamas on Wednesday and the northern Bahamas by Thursday.