Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

System in Caribbean has 70 percent chance of tropical development

System in Caribbean has 70 percent chance of tropical development

NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida issued a Tropical Weather Outlook Update at 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 5, 2018, after Tropical Depression Two strengthened into Tropical Storm Beryl over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Depression Two, which could become Tropical Storm Beryl, was located about 1,385 east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at 35 miles per hour.

Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University - regarded as the nation's top seasonal hurricane forecasters - predict 10 named tropical storms will form, of which four will become hurricanes. However, forecasters say upper-level winds could make conditions unfavorable for sustaining the storm.

Tropical waves are areas of low air pressure which move from east to west across the tropics, causing areas of cloudiness and thunderstorms.

Another system, dubbed Invest 96L, now centered southwest of Bermuda has a medium chance of developing into a tropical depression by the end of this week, according to the NHC.

Tropical Storm Beryl has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (75 km/h). The cold front that is expected to bring relief to the area over the weekend will help to keep that area of low pressure out to sea. "Locally heavy rains and gusty winds" are likely on the Leeward Islands Sunday and Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. Now, that complex of storms is being recognized as Tropical Depression TWO.

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