Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Tropical Depression 2 forms over Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Depression 2 forms over Atlantic Ocean

The storm should continue to meander and remain off the coast. With sustained winds of 35 miles mph and quickly moving toward the west near 16 mph.

Even as Beryl approaches Maria-battered and still recovering Puerto Rico from the south early Monday as a tropical storm, few were ignoring the threat two days out. While disorganized, showers and storms continue to develop in this areas and conditions may become more favorable for tropical development over the next few days. It's moving west at 15 mph and located about 1,045 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles.

Regardless if it develops, this area of low pressure will track west-northwest, north and then northeast away from the US coastline into the weekend.

"Beryl is forecast to degenerate into an open trough just east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend". The Category 1 storm is expected to achieve wind speeds of 100 miles per hour, reaching Category 2 status, over the next day before gradually weakening to tropical storm force.

The year's first Atlantic hurricane weakened Saturday morning into a tropical storm, but Caribbean islands struck by last year's devastating hurricanes are still on alert.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb (29.62 inches). In fact, according to Colorado State University meteorologist and hurricane specialist Philip Klotzbach, less than 5% of all Atlantic hurricanes have formed in waters as cold as those underneath Beryl.

After impacting the Lesser Antilles, Beryl will likely become remnants and will have a tough time redeveloping with a high wind shear environment. Additional watch areas may be required for other islands later today.

The center determined the intensity of the storm to be 45 knots, but added "there is a lot of uncertainty in this estimate".

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

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