Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

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

On Thursday afternoon, Tropical Storm Beryl was 1,330 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles moving west at 16 mph. As of 11 a.m., the depression is now heading west at 16 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.

However, it is forecast to lose its intensity over the weekend.

Beryl, a Category 1 hurricane, is the second named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issued an Adverse Weather Watch for Saturday morning as the system approaches the Lesser Antilles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb. A fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend of July 7 and 8.

The NHC said, "Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour [85 km/h] with higher gusts".

After impacting the Lesser Antilles, Beryl will likely become remnants and will have a tough time redeveloping with a high wind shear environment.

Meanwhile, off the Carolinas, the topical depression that formed on Friday is moving to the north-northwest at 5 miles per hour with winds of 30 miles per hour.

The team also lowered its forecast of major hurricanes - Category 3 and above - from three to one and decreased the probability of a direct hit on the US coast from a major hurricane from 63 percent to 39 percent.

"Beryl is a tiny tropical storm".

Beryl became the first hurricane in the Atlantic this season Friday and is not expected to threaten the USA. mainland.

It is a long way from the United States and isn't expected to be a threat.

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.

The first tropical storm of the season, Alberto, formed on May 25 on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula on the western end of the Caribbean.