Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Tropical depression forms in central Atlantic; could become Tropical Storm Beryl

National Hurricane Center Invest 95L Projected Path Tropical depression forms in central Atlantic; could become Tropical Storm Beryl
Patty Aguilar | 05 July, 2018, 20:28

The National Hurricane Center said in an update at 11:00 am on Thursday that the tropical depression is generally travelling in a westward direction, but is expected to dissipate east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend.

The hurricane center put the chances of it becoming a tropical depression at 40 percent over the next five days, which is down from 60 percent on Wednesday. Upper-level winds are forecast to become unfavorable in a few days, and the depression is expected to weaken to a trough of low pressure before it reaches the Lesser Antilles.

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The storm is moving west at 16 miles per hour and will continue to track west or west-northwest at 15 to 20 miles per hour over the tropical waters of the Atlantic. A front moving east off the East Coast should slow development and sweep it to the north.

Forecasters said the tropical depression could become a tropical story by later today or Friday.

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The storm was on Thursday morning the weakest type of cyclone, a tropical depression called Tropical Depression Two.

A second area of disturbed weather was located between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda on Thursday.

The most recent models suggest that the storm will be negatively impacted by an approaching frontal boundary on Sunday, making additional development limited after that interaction.

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

"There's lots of humid air and the sea breezes will be a factor, too, bringing a 70 percent chance of rain", Bridges said. The Atlantic season typically peaks between late August and September, however late season storms are not uncommon.

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