Tropical Storm Beryl Forms Over Atlantic, Expected to Dissipate

Additional strengthening is forecast, and Beryl could become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday, according to the NHC

What to Know

  • Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph as it was moving west at 16 mph about 1,295 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles
  • Additional strengthening is forecast, and Beryl could become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday
  • The system is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure before it reaches the Lesser Antilles

A tropical depression that formed in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday quickly strengthened to Tropical Storm Beryl and could become a hurricane before it was expected to eventually dissipate, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Tropical Storm Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph as it was moving west at 16 mph about 1,295 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, according to the 5 p.m. advisory from the NHC. There were no watches or warnings in effect.

The storm is forecast to move westward or west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph over the tropical Atlantic Ocean, according to the NHC. Florida was not expected to be impacted by the storm.

Additional strengthening is forecast, and Beryl could become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday.

Upper-level winds are forecast to become unfavorable, and the system is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure before it reaches the Lesser Antilles over the weekend, forecasters said.

A second possible system located a few hundred miles southwest of Bermuda had a medium chance of development over the next five days and was not expected to impact Florida.

Subtropical Storm Alberto became the season's first named storm in late May.

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