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Tropical Storm Beryl has formed in Atlantic Ocean, hurricane center says

07 July 2018

A tropical depression developed in the open Atlantic Ocean Thursday morning, but it may weaken before hitting the Leeward Islands.

Some strengthening is possible, and the depression could become Tropical Storm Beryl later Thursday or on Friday.

Forecasters said they expect the storm to pick up speed over the weekend and approach the Lesser Antilles before crossing the island chain as a hurricane late Sunday or early Monday.

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There are no watches or warnings in effect for the storm. A second system a few hundred miles southwest of Bermuda remained disorganized Thursday morning, but forecasters said it could strengthen as it moves east, away from the US coast.

We could have a third name storm soon, as the National Hurricane Center just upgraded a disturbance off the coast of the Carolinas to a tropical depression. On the forecast track, the centre of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through Sunday.

The depression is moving toward the north-northwest near 5 miles per hour and is forecast to slow down and meander well offshore of the coast of the Carolinas through Monday.

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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. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, especially once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday. However, forecasters say upper-level winds could make conditions unfavorable for sustaining the storm.

The barrelling tropical storm caused more than £37million ($50million) in damage and claimed 12 lives as it moved up the USA coast in May.

While tropical storms can develop any time from February through December, July storms are somewhat unusual, according to the NHC. The only storm in the Atlantic basin so far this year was Subtropical Storm Alberto, which formed on May 25 and dissipated on May 31 after making landfall in the Florida panhandle.

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Tropical Storm Beryl has formed in Atlantic Ocean, hurricane center says