Tracking the Tropics: Keeping an eye on the Atlantic

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

National Hurricane Center monitoring two tropical disturbances

The second Tropical Depression of the Atlantic Hurricane season formed Thursday morning.

The weather system that's now about 1,300 miles east and southeast of the Lesser Antilles had been deemed a tropical depression Thursday morning and strengthened within a few hours to a tropical storm.

Puerto Rico could be hit with winds of up to 40 miles per hour and heavy flooding as Hurricane Beryl approaches a region still trying to recover from last year's storms, forecasters said Friday. It's expected to degenerate into a low pressure system before it reaches the Lesser Antilles.

Dominica issued a hurricane watch, while a tropical storm watch was in effect for the islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

In its April forecast, the Colorado State University team said there would be 14 named storms, seven of which would develop into hurricanes - three of them major. It is expected to weaken and dissipate early next week. As TD2 (likely as a Tropical Storm) approaches the Lesser Antilles by this weekend, it should feel the influence of the shear and it is possible weakening will occur.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 miles per hour with higher gusts.

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It likely won't last longer then a few days and will be gone by the time it even reaches the Lesser Antilles so certainly nothing of concern for Acadiana or even Gulf Coast residence.

Beryl is one of two systems the Weather Authority is monitoring in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Beryl remains a very compact cyclone with tropical force winds only extending out 35 miles from the center.

"Beryl is a tiny tropical storm".

Beryl is not the only item of note in the tropics as we wrap up the first week of July.

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

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