Tropical wave now a tropical depression

Forecasters reverse course, predict below-average 2018 hurricane season

Forecasters reverse course, predict below-average 2018 hurricane season

The storm is also forecast to dissipate rapidly after the weekend as it approaches the Lesser Antilles Islands, still rain and gusty winds can still be expected for those islands. The storm has estimated sustained winds of 35 mph and is located 1300 miles Southeast of the Leeward Islands.

This event is related to the ITCZ ( Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) being modulated by Tropical Depression #2 (now Tropical Storm Beryl).

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The National Hurricane Center has been watching a cluster of showers and thunderstorms closely in the Central Atlantic.

Tropical Depression Two has intensified into Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm of the 2018 season. "The cold water could have profound impacts on this year's hurricane season, since warm water is the fuel source for tropical storms".

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Because Beryl is so small, forecasters were less certain about just how much the storm could strengthen. Winds would need to increase to at least 74 miles per hour for the storm to reach hurricane status.

Regardless if it develops, this area of low pressure will track west-northwest, north and then northeast away from the US coastline into the weekend.

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A tropical wave heading for the Caribbean is now a tropical depression and is headed for the Lesser Antilles. Some strengthening is possible, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today or on Friday.

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