Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

New Tropical Depression Forms in Deep Atlantic

New Tropical Depression Forms in Deep Atlantic

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "At 1100 AM AST [1500 UTC], the center of Tropical Depression Two was located near latitude 10.2 North, longitude 41.4 West". Five to nine of those would become hurricanes, while only one to four could be major storms with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. Tropical Depression Three is forecast to strengthen during the next 24 hours and could potentially become tropical storm Chris.

On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend, cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday, and move south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday and Monday night.

Beryl is now expected to pass near Dominica and the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique early Monday as a tropical wave and then continue south of Puerto Rico.

The hurricane center warns that "swells generated by the depression are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states this weekend".

Peak wind speeds were estimated at 50 miles per hour, with some higher gusts.

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

"Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday", forecasters said. Tropical storm-force winds by Saturday morning extended up to 35 miles from the storm's center. A west-northwest trajectory would steer this disturbance into an area that won't really favor any tropical development.

Beryl is one of two systems the Weather Authority is monitoring in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The storm is the second tropical depression so far this year after Alberto got the season off to an early start in May.

New predictions from Colorado State University suggest for a total of 11 named storms will develop this season, a drop from the original prediction of 14.

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