Tropical Storm Beryl forms in Atlantic
Tropical Storm Beryl has formed between West Africa and the Lesser Antilles.
The newly formed tropical storm is currently over 1 200 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwest.
Satellite imagery indicates convection has persisted with enough tenacity and enough evidence of surface low pressure existence that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated the formation of Tropical Storm Beryl this afternoon.
At 5 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 10.3 North, longitude 42.8 West. Beryl is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h). A fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend. On the forecast track, the centre of Beryl will remain east of the Lesser Antilles through Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Beryl could become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday.
However, upper-level winds will become hostile well before the system approaches the Lesser Antilles this weekend. These shearing winds should weaken this system as it is reaching the Lesser Antilles. Dry air is also plentiful near the system and will likely play some weakening role.
Beryl is forecast to degenerate into an open trough just east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend.
Beryl’s small size makes it more fragile compared to larger systems that can control their environment. This may make Beryl’s collapse more rapid.
Even if the system degenerates into a tropical wave, as forecast, an uptick in shower activity, including some locally heavy rain, and gusty winds are expected in the Lesser Antilles Sunday into Monday.
Beryl is currently a tiny tropical storm with tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the centre, but if this system can maintain strong winds, tropical storm force winds could arrive somewhere in the Leeward or Windward Islands on Sunday morning or afternoon. (The Weather Channel/National Hurricane Center)