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Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic

Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic

Beryl poses no threat to Florida.

The hurricane center put the chances of it becoming a tropical depression at 40 percent over the next five days, which is down from 60 percent on Wednesday.

Still, the little swirl gained enough wind speed on Thursday to acquire the name Beryl. If it persists with a closed circulation of low pressure, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) may initiate advisories on Tropical Depression Two at any time.

Beryl is not expected to impact the US, according to the latest forecast.

The hurricane center didn't think so as of Thursday morning.

The low is moving northwest and away from the United States. A fast westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend. Upper level winds ahead the system are likely to weaken it before it reaches the Leeward or Windward Islands late this weekend.

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 is a compact hurricane. The storm's maximum sustained winds are at 35 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The National Hurricane Center has been watching a cluster of showers and thunderstorms closely in the Central Atlantic. It will likely then move into an area not very favorable for development.

Beyond that time frame, the ultimate path and intensity of Beryl or its leftovers is unknown. But it is not expected to threaten land. "It is because of these conditions that AccuWeather meteorologists do not expect Beryl to become a powerful hurricane", Walker said.

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