Tropical Storm Beryl could strengthen into hurricane by Saturday: NHC

This Atlantic hurricane season will not be nearly as active as last year’s according to forecasters

This Atlantic hurricane season will not be nearly as active as last year’s according to forecasters

However, forecasters also expect the system to weaken by the end of the weekend when it reaches east of the Lesser Antilles, according to National Hurricane Center. As of 11 a.m., the depression is now heading west at 16 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. Some strengthening is possible, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today or on Friday, July 6.

Upper-level winds will become hostile by the time the system nears the Lesser Antilles this weekend. Over the coming day, the storm could intensify to a tropical storm as it races west.

Peak wind speeds were estimated at 50 miles per hour, with some higher gusts. It appears, based on the current track, the storm will skirt just south of Puerto Rico, portions of which remain in the dark nine months after Hurricane Maria. Tropical-force winds extend up to 35 miles from the center.

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Two was located near latitude 10.2 North, longitude 41.4 West.

The weakening tropical disturbance might still bring shower and thundershower activity and locally gusty winds to the central and northern Lesser Antilles from Sunday into Monday. It was expected to decrease in intensity to a tropical storm by midday Monday.

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

A tropical depression is expected to form over the next few days as this system migrates northwest over the weekend.

In May, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters predicted that the Atlantic would produce more storms than normal during the coming season.

A second tropical wave has developed in the eastern Atlantic several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, off Africa's west coast.

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