Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

New Tropical Depression Forms in Deep Atlantic

New Tropical Depression Forms in Deep Atlantic

Tropical Storm Beryl has formed in the Atlantic, becoming the second named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

The depression is located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles and is moving toward the west at about 16 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Beryl has weakened this morning and now has maximum winds estimated at 55kts. In fact, this system will likely lose its designation in about three days - before it even reaches the Lesser Antilles islands.

A tropical storm watch was issued for Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius, where conditions are expected to deteriorate Saturday night with a potential for a foot of rain in some areas.

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The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, spared Bermuda past year, but battered the Caribbean as well as the United States. A fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend of July 7 and 8.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center is not tracking any tropical depressions or storms.

Peak wind speeds were estimated at 50 miles per hour, with some higher gusts. Beryl has turned more towards the WNW since yesterday and the center of the storm is now mostly devoid of strong convection. Last year, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helped rack up storm losses totaling more than $200 billion, the most ever.

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.

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Hurricane-force winds from the hurricane extend only 10 miles from the center, with tropical storm force winds stretching only up to 35 miles.

Beryl's upgrade to a Category 1 storm made it the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season.

Forecasters said Beryl appears to have lost some of its organization from Friday afternoon, and they have lowered any expected strengthening.

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