Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

Tropical Storm Beryl forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Beryl forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Beryl has formed between west Africa and the Lesser Antilles, but is unlikely to survive as a tropical cyclone by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles this weekend. These shearing winds should weaken this system as it is reaching the Lesser Antilles.

The official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center takes Beryl to the eastern Caribbean Sea over the weekend.

It is now 240 miles east of Barbados and 340 miles east of Martinique.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the island of Barbados and a tropical storm watch has been posted for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center is not tracking any tropical depressions or storms.

A tropical depression has formed west of Bermuda as Hurricane Beryl continues its path towards the Caribbean.

Maximum sustained winds remained at near 35 miles per hour with some higher gusts, but the storm is expected to remain well off the North Carolina coast.

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Puerto Rico is nearly entirely outside the cone of uncertainly, but residents there - still recovering from Hurricane Maria previous year - are keeping a wary eye on the storm.

Later Monday the storm is expected to head south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, whipping the island with minimal tropical storm-force winds as it continues to weaken.

A separate storm could develop off the U.S. East Coast over the next few days, but isn't likely to directly impact land. Beryl is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain through Sunday across the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands. "I will provide more information shortly about the curfew in another update", he said.

Off the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris was centred about 180 miles (290 kilometres) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph).

Even so, the islands in the Caribbean that were left battered and bruised after the 2017 hurricane will face stormy conditions on Sunday and Monday.

Although what had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane was losing power, residents on islands hit hard by storms a year ago stocked up on food and water and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

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