Monday, 16 July, 2018

Tropical Depression No. 2 forms far out in Atlantic Ocean

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season National Hurricane Center monitoring two tropical disturbances
Theresa Hayes | 08 July, 2018, 00:02

A system in the Atlantic has quickly developed into the second tropical storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 51.1 West. Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour.

At 5 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 10.3 North, longitude 42.8 West. Beryl is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h). "In fact, this system will probably lose its designation in about three days - before it even reaches the Lesser Antilles", the publication reported on Thursday, July 5. While disorganized, showers and storms continue to develop in this areas and conditions may become more favorable for tropical development over the next few days. Regardless of weakening, an increase in rain chances will occur for the Lesser Antilles followed by an increase in rain chances for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday into Monday. Maximum sustained winds were at 35 miles per hour with a minimum central pressure of 1009 mb. More recently, a low level spin we've been tracking for several days near Bermuda managed to produce enough thunderstorm activity to be upgraded to a Tropical Depression on Friday afternoon off the North Carolina coast. Tropical Depression Two was, however, expected to dissipate east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend, the NHC said.

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

IN THE TROPICS: Hurricane Beryl will churn through the open waters of the tropical Atlantic Ocean into this weekend. This forecast is very close to what we consider an average season - 12 named storms, 6.5 hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Satellite loop of the tropical Atlantic shows Tropical Depression 3 off North Carolina and Beryl heading to the Caribbean.