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Tropical Storm Beryl could become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday, the National Hurricane Center reported Thursday afternoon (July 5).

The National Hurricane Center said the tropical storm formed at around 2:30 p.m., Thursday. It's expected to degenerate into a low pressure system before it reaches the Lesser Antilles.

The Caribbean should see fewer storms, and the chance of a major hurricane hitting the region is significantly less than it was when the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season began. The storm has estimated sustained winds of 35 mph and is located 1300 miles Southeast of the Leeward Islands. It's a step below a tropical storm.

"With the decrease in our forecast, the probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean has decreased as well", Colorado State said.

Tropical Depression Two officially developed in between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles.




At this point, the storm wasn't a threat to Florida or the U.S.

On May 31, Klotzbach was predicting a total of 14 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes - category 3 or stronger.

Over the next 36 hours, wind shear that could prevent intensification is expected to remain low.

Earlier this week, forecasters said an El Niño has a 50 percent chance of forming during the fall after September.


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