Beryl forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Katie Ramirez
July 8, 2018

It's moving west at 15 mph and located about 1,045 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Some strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and the depression could become a tropical storm later Saturday night or on Sunday.

- Hurricane season is getting a major makeover, as some forecasters are now calling for fewer storms.

Peak wind speeds were estimated at 50 miles per hour, with some higher gusts.

A tropical wave heading for the Caribbean is now a tropical depression and is headed for the Lesser Antilles. Beryl remains a very compact cyclone with tropical force winds only extending out 35 miles from the center.

NHC forecasters say that a faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend. And even though it's expected to weaken prior to reaching the Leeward Islands, they won't be entirely out of the woods early next week.

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"It will definitely encounter upper-level winds before reaching the Lesser Antilles", Bridges said.

SPECIAL FEATURE: At 11am today, Tropical Depression Two formed over the central Tropical Atlantic.

On Monday, Colorado State University cut its forecast for named storms to 11, from the 14 it predicted in May. An area of storms off of the Carolina coast is beginning to show signs of organization on Friday. And we don't usually see the first hurricane anywhere in the Atlantic basin until the 10th of August, with the second named storm not usually forming until August 1st. Tropical Storm Alberto was the season's first, which developed in late May.

A tropical depression off the North Carolina coast is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by Sunday, but is expected to move north and away from the Carolinas.

IN THE TROPICS: Hurricane Beryl will churn through the open waters of the tropical Atlantic Ocean into this weekend.

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