Tropical Storm Beryl in Atlantic; 2nd named storm of season

Pauline Gross
July 6, 2018

A tropical depression formed Thursday morning (July 5) in the central Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday, but should get shredded by strong wind shear before it reaches the islands, forecasters said.

While Beryl may strengthen slightly over the next two days, it is forecast to encounter the wind shear near the eastern islands of the Caribbean over the weekend.

Meanwhile, closer to the US, a weak trough of low pressure off the East Coast remains disorganized, though it may form into a tropical system before the weekend.

"This system is much less organized and the potential for tropical depression development is even lower", News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. However, Beryl should slowly increase in intensity over the next 24-48 hours.

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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.

As of 7 a.m., the disturbance was a few hundred miles south of Bermuda and was disorganized.

The tropical wave closest to the United States is the weakest of the two; however, it remains less than 1,000 miles away from the Florida coast. Satellite data helped convince forecasters that the storm had met tropical cyclone criteria.

However, by Sunday it should merge with a frontal system and isn't expected to develop more.

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