Tropical depression has formed in Atlantic Ocean: National Hurricane Center

Frederick Owens
July 6, 2018

Tropical Storm Beryl developed in the central Tropical Atlantic and has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

It formed in May, just before the June 1 start of hurricane season. The system is expected to move west and north, deteriorating before it approaches the Lesser Antilles, an arc of small islands in the Caribbean southeast of Puerto Rico. It's a step below a tropical storm.

Even if the system degenerates into a tropical wave, as forecast, an uptick in shower activity, including some locally heavy rain, and gusty winds are expected in the Lesser Antilles Sunday into Monday. Now, that complex of storms is being recognized as Tropical Depression TWO.

The National Hurricane Center has been monitoring the disturbance that had a high chance of becoming a tropical depression.

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On May 31, Klotzbach was predicting a total of 14 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes - category 3 or stronger.

Meanwhile, another storm system a few hundred miles of the coast of Bermuda will continue as a disorganized set of thunderstorms and showers.

CSU forecasters predicted a below-average 2017 hurricane season with 11 tropical storms producing just four hurricanes, when there were 17 tropical storms - 10 of which turned into hurricanes - and three major hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wreaked havoc on several US states and territories, most notably Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida.

A second area of disturbed weather was located between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda on Thursday.

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