The second tropical depression of this year's hurricane season has formed over the central Atlantic, CBS Miami reports. The storm was about 1,385 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles with maximum winds of about 35 mph.
"At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 10.3 North, longitude 42.8 West. Beryl is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h)".
The storm is forecast to strengthen in coming days and could become a tropical storm Saturday night or Sunday, the hurricane center said Saturday morning.
It's been a long time since we had a tropical storm. The system is forecast to still be a hurricane as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.
That said, the area of disturbed weather could enhance moisture in the Lesser Antilles Sunday into Monday, leading to an uptick in shower and thunderstorm activity. A faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week. Four of those could become hurricanes, while just one is likely to grow into a major system with winds of at least 111 miles (179 kilometers) an hour, based on the latest projections.
The NHC has recently been watching the storm for possible development. And the odds of of a direct hit on the US coast from a major hurricane have fallen from 63% to 39%. On top of that, conditions in the Pacific are edging toward El Nino, a weather phenomenon that could create storm-killing wind shear in the Atlantic.
"This has a stronger chance of developing, up to 70 percent now over the next five days". It made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a subtropical storm and ushered drenching rains across states in the South and Midwest. Even though it's not expected to become a threat to the US mainland, the hurricane's future remains uncertain, as the forecast keeps changing.
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