TROPICAL STORM BERYL: Tropical Depression Strengthens in Atlantic To Tropical Storm Beryl

Mindy Sparks
July 7, 2018

The second and third tropical systems of the 2018 Hurricane season have formed in the Atlantic, and one could bring showers and storms to the area over the weekend.

As of 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Beryl had winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving to the west at 16 miles per hour.

Hurricane Beryl has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h). Some strengthening is possible, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today or on Friday.

Beryl is now expected to pass near Dominica and the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique early Monday as a tropical wave and then continue south of Puerto Rico. It's expected to strengthen into a tropical storm and possibly a hurricane, but should stay well offshore with no impact to the U.S. East Coast. It is expected to weaken and dissipate early next week.

NHC forecasters say that a faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend. Should it become a tropical depression or a more serious storm, though, it is (at present) far enough out in the Atlantic that it does not seem to present any threat to land.

Tropical Depression Two, in the lower right of this GOES-16 satellite image, is moving west toward the Caribbean.

The system may not degenerate until it reaches the vicinity of Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea. It appears, based on the current track, the storm will skirt just south of Puerto Rico, portions of which remain in the dark nine months after Hurricane Maria.

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. Dry Saharan air and dust combined with strong wind shear over the Caribbean will knock Beryl down to a tropical storm as it heads deeper into the Caribbean. The change in forecast is due to the water temperature in the Atlantic being cooler than average and because of the developing El NiƱo, which suppresses the Atlantic hurricane season.

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