National Hurricane Center monitoring two tropical disturbances

Cristina Cross
July 7, 2018

The second tropical cyclone of the North Atlantic Hurricane season formed in the Central Atlantic Ocean and far from land.

The newly formed tropical storm is now over 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwest.

Beryl strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season early Friday morning east of the Lesser Antilles. 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.

That said, the area of disturbed weather could enhance moisture in the Lesser Antilles Sunday into Monday, leading to an uptick in shower and thunderstorm activity.

Hurricane-force winds from the hurricane extend only 10 miles from the center, with tropical storm force winds stretching only up to 35 miles.

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As of 2 p.m. Saturday the center of Tropical Depression 3 was located about 300 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach. But as it speeds up on a westward track, it's expected to encounter upper winds that knock it back down, forecasters said.

The top sustained winds around Beryl increased to 65 miles per hour, but the storm is still very small in overall diameter. These shearing winds should weaken this system as it is reaching the Lesser Antilles.

Forecast models suggests Beryl could reach hurricane strength within 36 hours, but after that time increasing westerly shear is expected to cause weakening.

Storms named Beryl have made landfall in the United States three different times over the years, in 1988, 1994 and 2012.

There are some who have suggested that we are coming to the end of the current "Atlantic multidecadal oscillation" cycle that began in the 1990s. The newest update for your First Alert weather app will allow you to customize individual alerts (severe storms, tornadoes, floods, etc.).

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