Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Formed in the Atlantic tropical storm "beryl"

Formed in the Atlantic tropical storm

The forecast now places Tropical Depression Two, which could form Tropical Storm Beryl, about 1,385 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Five to nine of those would become hurricanes, while only one to four could be major storms with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. A hurricane watch is in effect for Dominica and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. A fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend of July 7 and 8. As TD2 (likely as a Tropical Storm) approaches the Lesser Antilles by this weekend, it should feel the influence of the shear and it is possible weakening will occur.

Beryl is expected to reach the Leeward Islands on Sunday and could reach Category 2 status.

Meanwhile, off the Carolinas, the topical depression that formed on Friday is moving to the north-northwest at 5 miles per hour with winds of 30 miles per hour.

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Beryl continues to be a rather small storm, with hurricane-force winds extending out 10 miles from its center and tropical-storm-force winds extending out 35 miles. Neither has Puerto Rico, where hundreds are still living under makeshift roofs and more than 1,000 customers remain without power more than nine months after the storm.

"Temperatures at the surface of the tropical Atlantic Ocean have become remarkably colder than normal", wrote Phil Klotzbach, a Capital Weather Gang contributor and the lead author of the Colorado State outlooks. Last year, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helped rack up storm losses totaling more than $200 billion, the most ever. This system appears to be less organized, the center said, and the chances for a tropical depression to form are diminishing. That's due to strong wind shear, dry air and dust, which should all combine to weaken the system, AccuWeather said.

Storms named Beryl have made landfall in the United States three different times over the years, in 1988, 1994 and 2012.

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