Tropical Storm Beryl forms over Atlantic

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on the system as a tropical depression Thursday morning. The system is expected to move west and north, deteriorating before it approaches the Lesser Antilles, an arc of small islands in the Caribbean southeast of Puerto Rico.

The system continues to become better organized, the NHC said, predicting a tropical depression is likely to form during the next day or two while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

The depression could become a tropical storm later today or Friday. It's expected to strengthen into a tropical storm and possibly a hurricane, but should stay well offshore with no impact to the U.S. East Coast. A fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend. "Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by Sunday".

The Weather Channel warned the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean should "watch out" as Tropical Invest 95L could cause a lot of damage this weekend. It appears that Fabio has reached its peak intensity with wind speeds of 110 miles per hour and its minimum pressure at 964 mb.

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.


Currently, the storm is 2140 km from the lesser Antilles.

In May, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters predicted that the Atlantic would produce more storms than normal during the coming season.

Beryl trails only 1933 for the earliest forming hurricane over the open tropical Atlantic. That's due to strong wind shear, dry air and dust, which should all combine to weaken the system, AccuWeather said.

The National Hurricane Center describes Beryl as a "very compact hurricane", with hurricane-force winds extending 10 miles from the center, and tropical-storm force winds seen up to 35 miles from the center. But that has been revised to 11 named storms, 2 hurricanes and only 1 major storm for all of 2017.

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