Tropical Storm Beryl forms in Atlantic

This Atlantic hurricane season will not be nearly as active as last year’s according to forecasters

This Atlantic hurricane season will not be nearly as active as last year’s according to forecasters

The second tropical depression of this year's hurricane season has formed over the central Atlantic, CBS Miami reports.

The National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. the storm was moving west at 14 miles per hour with sustained winds up 75 miles per hour.

The storm is producing winds of 80 mph making it a category one storm, still located over 950 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

But the compact storm, the first hurricane of the season, is still on a path that would take it over the Lesser Antillles and into the eastern Caribbean by Sunday night or early Monday. Dominica and Guadeloupe are under a tropical storm warning, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique, St Maarten, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Saba and St Eustatius.

According to the BWS, the system was expected to stay to the west of Bermuda but may result in moderate winds across Bermuda as it moves north tomorrow.

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

The average hurricane season hurricane season sees 12 named storms and six hurricanes and Colorado State predicted an above-averge season with 14 named storms and seven hurricanes in April. These shearing winds should weaken this system as it is reaching the Lesser Antilles.

Sea conditions are expected to remain slight to moderate for the next few days.

Fortunately, even if it's deemed a tropical depression, it doesn't have much of a future.

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. Some strengthening is possible, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today or on Friday. There is a strong tropical wave in the far east Atlantic. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles.

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