Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Tropical Depression Two forms in the eastern Atlantic

Tropical Depression Two forms in the eastern Atlantic

Beryl is expected to brush the Lesser Antilles later tonight with gusty winds and rain, then weaken to a tropical depression by Monday near Puerto Rico.

The hurricane center said the storm was expected to generate swells that would increase in intensity along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts.

The hurricane center said there was a possibility that Beryl's remnants could regenerate into a tropical cyclone in a few days while moving across the Bahamas.

About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Hurricane Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.

Satellite imagery indicates a tropical depression has strengthened to become Tropical Storm Beryl.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

The five-day tropical weather outlook issued Wednesday by the National Hurricane Center shows activity in the central Atlantic and to the north of the territory.

Beryl was a tropical storm late Saturday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, after starting out as a hurricane on Saturday morning.

Once this updated and reduced Colorado State forecast is added to the list of forecasters we track, the Artemis average forecast has dropped slightly, from 13 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes, to a new Artemis average forecast for 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up unsafe surf and rip tides.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. Some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

With the decrease in the forecast, the probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean has decreased as well, report Philip J. Klotzbach and Michael M. Bell.

In explaining the changed forecast, they note that the tropical Atlantic is much colder than normal. It was located about 1,295 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It was centered 210 miles (335 kilometers) east of Martinique and was moving west-northwestward at 23 mph (37 kph).

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