Tropical Depression forms over central tropical Atlantic

Tropical Storm Beryl Spaghetti Models

Tropical Depression forms over central tropical Atlantic

NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 5, 2018, due the presence of Tropical Depression Two (formerly Invest 95L 2018) over the tropical Atlantic Ocean that could become Tropical Storm Beryl later today or tomorrow.

The newly formed tropical depression is now over 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwest.

Instead it was expected that it would dissipate on its approach to the Caribbean, east of the Lesser Antilles.

Parts of the Lesser Antilles will likely still get heavy rain and gusty wind even if the system weakens, forecasters said. This system appears to be less organized, the center said, and the chances for a tropical depression to form are diminishing.

CSU forecasters predicted a below-average 2017 hurricane season with 11 tropical storms producing just four hurricanes, when there were 17 tropical storms - 10 of which turned into hurricanes - and three major hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wreaked havoc on several US states and territories, most notably Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida.

A tropical wave heading for the Caribbean is now a tropical depression and is headed for the Lesser Antilles.

As of Thursday morning, the system has a low chance (30 percent) of developing into at least a tropical depression within 48 hours. The system is then forecast to interact with a frontal system on Sunday, which would limit any additional development. It's projected to move west and north, between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States.

Read the full update from the National Hurricane Center.

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