Tropical Depression forms in the Atlantic

Jul 06, 2018, 23:16
Tropical Depression forms in the Atlantic

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season's second tropical cyclone has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The depression was located about 1,385 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 16 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles.

Forecast models suggests Beryl could reach hurricane strength within 36 hours, but after that time increasing westerly shear is expected to cause weakening. The system is forecast to degenerate into an open trough east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend.

Hurricane season started early this year with the development of Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named cyclone of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Beryl won't have much impact to anyone, it's a tiny storm drifting through a very unfriendly environment for storms it is surrounded by dry air and high wind shear.

Beryl was located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles.

The storm is further forecast to affect the British Virgin Islands late Sunday, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said.

Rain chances will range from 40-60 percent through the weekend, with highs around 93 degrees.

A fast westward to west-northwest motion was expected through the weekend.

Showers, at times heavy, is expected in varying localities and thunderstorms in few areas on Saturday.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

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