Tropical Storm Beryl Forms in East Atlantic

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

Beryl, a tiny, compact storm system in the Atlantic, became the season's first hurricane Friday. The MODIS image revealed a very.

Beryl is the second name on the list and the first storm to form since May when Subtropical Storm Alberto moved up the Gulf of Mexico.

As far as the low-pressure system offshore, it has a 70-percent chance of cyclone development over the next two days, increasing the likelihood of showers and thunderstorms, according to a Friday morning National Hurricane Center weather outlook.

On Saturday morning, the chance of tropical storm force winds lashing Puerto Rico was set at 20- to 30-percent, but the government is opening shelters as a precaution.

A tropical wave heading for the Caribbean is now a tropical depression and is headed for the Lesser Antilles. A faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week.

Due to Beryl's small size - with tropical storm winds extending outward only about 35 miles and hurricane force winds extending out about 10 miles from its center - there is greater-than-usual uncertainty in the analysis of Beryl's current intensity.

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Tropical storm warnings remain for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches). Elsewhere, tropical storm development is trending more likely 100-300 miles off the Carolina Coast this weekend - a trend to watch closely for sure!

Beryl could get even stronger over the next day or so, then weaken to a tropical storm or even a trough by the time it reaches Hispaniola, where impact with land and unfavorable conditions should destroy it.

The system continues to become better organized, the NHC said, predicting a tropical depression is likely to form during the next day or two while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday. We have to remind ourselves of the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika in 2015.

"It will definitely encounter upper-level winds before reaching the Lesser Antilles", Bridges said.

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