The newly formed tropical storm is now over 1 200 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwest.
Beryl, a tiny, compact storm system in the Atlantic, became the season's first hurricane Friday. "In fact, this system will probably lose its designation in about three days - before it even reaches the Lesser Antilles", the publication reported on Thursday, July 5. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
Two powerful storms threaten to turn into tropical cyclons in the Atlantic as hurricane season seems to have started hitting the Caribbean east coast this summer.
The intensification trend is not expected to persist, as very dry air, faster upper winds, and marginally warm ocean temperatures will likely cause Beryl to degrade into a weaker tropical low. 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. It appears that Fabio has reached its peak intensity with wind speeds of 110 miles per hour and its minimum pressure at 964 mb. It is projected to cross the islands late Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane and then weaken as it enters the Caribbean Sea.
At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Two was located near latitude 10.2 North, longitude 41.4 West. The depression is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 kph).
Forecasters said Beryl appears to have lost some of its organization from Friday afternoon, and they have lowered any expected strengthening.
This after cooler waters in the Atlantic and a possible El Nino developing which typically means fewer overall hurricanes will form.
Beryl, the first hurricane of the season, is now more than 2,000 miles from South Florida.
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