Tropical wave now a tropical depression

  • Tropical wave now a tropical depression

Tropical wave now a tropical depression

The second tropical storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season has formed about halfway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles and is drifting westward toward the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center gives this area around 400 miles off the east coast of Florida an 80 percent chance of becoming at least a tropical depression before the weekend is over.

Tropical Storm Beryl has weakened this morning and now has maximum winds estimated at 55kts. Some strengthening is possible, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today or on Friday, July 6.

Dominica issued a hurricane watch, while a tropical storm watch was in effect for the islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

A tropical depression off the North Carolina coast is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by Sunday, but is expected to move north and away from the Carolinas.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center is not tracking any tropical depressions or storms.

Beryl is expected to reach the Leeward Islands on Sunday and could reach Category 2 status.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

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.

A forecaster for AccuWeather.com said the storm will break apart due to strong wind shear as well as dry air and dust. 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.

See the latest advisory and forecast track on the newly formed tropical depression with the First Alert Weather App.

In weather on Monday, we mentioned that this was the first time in a few years we had gone without a named storm in the Atlantic in the month of June.