Tropical Storm Chris forms from depression off Carolina coast

Gwen Vasquez
July 9, 2018

The third tropical storm of the 2018 season became a depression on Friday afternoon. The MODIS image revealed a very.

A tropical storm warning remains for Barbados and a hurricane watch was discontinued for Dominica, which endured Hurricane Maria's Category 5 winds in September. NASA's Terra satellite provided an early morning look at the small depression.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday.

Though the storm's intensity could still fluctuate unpredictably, its chances of regaining hurricane strength before reaching the Lesser Antilles, the arc of islands from the US Virgin Islands to Grenada, have dropped significantly, CNN meteorologists said.

As of 5 p.m. ET Friday, Beryl had winds of 80 miles per hour and was moving to the west at 15 miles per hour.

Tropical storm warnings remain for Dominica and Guadeloupe. It was centred 60 miles (95 kilometres) east of Martinique and was zipping west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph). An area of storms off of the Carolina coast is beginning to show signs of organization on Friday.

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"The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches)".

The National Hurricane Center said in an update at 11:00 am on Thursday that the tropical depression is generally travelling in a westward direction, but is expected to dissipate east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend.

"Strong wind shear, dry air, and dust are likely to cause the feature to weaken and may result in a total demise of Beryl", added AccuWeather's Paul Walker.

Tropical Storm Beryl has formed between west Africa and the Lesser Antilles, but is unlikely to survive as a tropical cyclone by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles this weekend. However, in recent weeks, warming waters in the Pacific have hinted that an El Niño weather pattern may form, which would produce upper atmospheric winds that could help tamp down the ferocity of storms in the Atlantic.

A cluster of clouds and rain has developed enough to become the Atlantic hurricane season's second named storm. The National Hurricane Center gives this area around 400 miles off the east coast of Florida an 80 percent chance of becoming at least a tropical depression before the weekend is over.

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