Tropical Storm Beryl Forms in East Atlantic

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

Beryl was downgraded to a tropical storm later Saturday.

More summer storms are expected across Central Florida on Thursday, a day after a tornado touched down in Tavares, causing damage.

Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken by late Saturday and become a tropical storm or degenerate into a strong open trough near the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday. "Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by Sunday". Barbados' government removed at tropical storm watch.

A tropical depression forms when a low-pressure area is accompanied by thunderstorms that produce a circular wind flow with maximum sustained winds below 39 miles per hour.

Beryl continues to be a rather small storm, with hurricane-force winds extending out 10 miles from its center and tropical-storm-force winds extending out 35 miles. Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remained under a state of emergency.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical storm Beryl disintegrated Sunday as it zipped toward the eastern Caribbean, where forecasters still warned of heavy rains on islands struggling to recover from last year's deadly hurricanes.

A second area of disturbed weather was located between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda on Thursday.

The hurricane centre said the storm still had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) late Sunday afternoon. "I will provide more information shortly about the curfew in another update", he said.

TD 3 is not expected to do much movement or development in the next few days but is forecast to move north through the Western Atlantic Ocean off the U.S. coast and develop into Hurricane Chris by the middle of the week. Beryl is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain through Sunday across the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands.

Minimal impacts are expected from this weakening tropical storm. In fact, according to Colorado State University meteorologist and hurricane specialist Philip Klotzbach, less than 5% of all Atlantic hurricanes have formed in waters as cold as those underneath Beryl. There is a 30 percent chance the storm could develop into a tropical system over the next two days as it tracks northwest between Bermuda and the East Coast.

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