Tropical Depression Two become Beryl in the Atlantic

Michele Stevens
July 9, 2018

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

More summer storms are expected across Central Florida on Thursday, a day after a tornado touched down in Tavares, causing damage.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical Storm Beryl moved rapidly westward early Saturday, heading for the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

The tropical depression is forecast to become a tropical storm either Saturday night or Sunday. After which, it is forecast to become an open trough East of the Lesser Antilles.

2, with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, is moving west-northwest in the central Atlantic between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles.

It has been a quiet season so far, with no storm activity since Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in May, ahead of the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

"While Beryl is still expected to dissipate as a tropical cyclone by Monday before reaching the Lesser Antilles, there will likely be some rain and wind impacts on those islands early next week", the advisory concluded, urging residents to monitor their local weather reports.

Maximum sustained winds remained at near 35 miles per hour with some higher gusts, but the storm is expected to remain well off the North Carolina coast.

A second area of disturbed weather was located between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda on Thursday. On its current path, Hispaniola could get a direct hit sometime Tuesday afternoon but it would likely be a rain event, bringing about 2 to 4 inches but even that amount could lead to flooding and mud slides in vulnerable areas.

Still, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has declared a state of emergency for the island that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma previous year. It said the DDM will provide updates as the system progresses.

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin just off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 150 miles to the south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about people still living with tarps on their roofs after Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm past year, killing dozens of people.

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