Tropical Storm Beryl forms in the eastern Atlantic


A tropical depression has formed Thursday in the Atlantic Ocean, weather officials said.

THE LATEST ON T.D.THREE: As of 5 p.m.Saturday, T.D. Three had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.

As of 5 p.m. ET, the depression had winds of 30 mph and was located about 230 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

"Beryl is expected to move westward and eventually it's going to run into wind shear and start to weaken as it reaches the Antilles", said Dave Loewenthal, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. Beryl remains a very compact cyclone with tropical force winds only extending out 35 miles from the center.

The Met Office assured the public however that the country is not under any tropical storm watch or warning.

A tropical depression is expected to form over the next few days as this system migrates northwest over the weekend.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in Dominica and Guadeloupe tomorrow night, and in the watch areas of the Lesser Antilles by late tomorrow or Monday. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, especially once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida's west coast in late October. It is expected to remain at 75 mph through the next 24 hours, and they still believe it will dissipate after it passes Hispaniola on Tuesday. Of course, we had subtropical storm Alberto in May, but anything after Hurricane Harvey in terms of a quieter hurricane season is pleasant for Houstonians.

Fortunately, even if it's deemed a tropical depression, it doesn't have much of a future.

In the Atlantic, there are two waves we're watching.

The hurricane center anticipates it will strengthen and become Tropical Storm Beryl later today or on Friday.

Therefore, even if a tropical depression did develop there would be no direct threat to the USA since it would remain several hundred miles offshore.

Forecasters previously predicted this season would near-normal or above-normal, with 10 to 16 named storms. The National Hurricane Center gives the system a 70% chance of development (short-term) as of Thursday morning.