Tropical Storm Beryl forms in the eastern Atlantic

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

Essentially, this area of low pressure has between now and Sunday to get classified a tropical system before moving back into unfavorable conditions.

This year the hurricane season includes the names: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin just off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 150 miles to the south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Hurricane Beryl is located about 1140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving to the west at 14 mph (22 km/h).

There is no indication either one will form into a hurricane, much less one that will strike Florida, according to the hurricane center.

Beryl remained very small, moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, shy of Category 1 status, according to an advisory issued at 5 p.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center. Beryl is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain through Sunday across the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands. Some strengthening is possible, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today or on Friday, July 6.

The storm is further forecast to affect the British Virgin Islands late Sunday, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said. Satellite data helped convince forecasters that the storm had met tropical cyclone criteria.

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.

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.

At this point, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting the storm to maintain category 1 strength as it nears the Lesser Antilles. The hurricane center said the storm was expected to generate swells that would increase in intensity along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts.

Beryl is the second tropical depression of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

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