Tropical depression forms in central Atlantic; could become Tropical Storm Beryl

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Two, which formed Thursday morning in the Atlantic Ocean.

According to data, the storm is located at 10.2 N, 41.4 W with winds at approximately 35 miles per hour. Ahead of the tropical depression being named today, we'd have to go back to 2009 to find such a stretch between named storms in the early summer.

The National Hurricane Center says that the storm is expected to dissipate east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend as it will encounter lots of vertical wind shear. Over the next few days, it expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Beryl.

Model forecast if the tropical depression.

Colorado State University forecasters Philip Klotzbach and Michael Bell released their July forecast, predicting a total of 11 named tropical storms during the 2018 season - four that will likely become hurricanes.

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The official forecast from the NHC has the storm moving west to west-northwest over the next five days.

WLTX will continue to monitor the storm as it progresses.

The depression is located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles, southeast of the Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Beryl developed in the central Tropical Atlantic and has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

If the quiet forecast comes to fruition, 2018 will be a welcome relief after the destructive 2017 season, which saw monsters like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria tear paths of death and destruction across the Caribbean and the U.S.

Meanwhile, a low pressure system located midway between the southeastern United States and Bermuda continued to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms, the Hurricane Center said in its 7 p.m. update.

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