Beryl weakens to tropical storm; Tropical Depression 3 getting better organized

Audrey Hill
July 11, 2018

The water system will also be shut down at 2 p.m., the government said. A west-northwestward to northwestward motion at a similar forward speed is expected today. Of those storms, there will be 1 to 4 major hurricanes, which are classified as Category 3, 4, and 5 with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher.

Off the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris was centered about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).

Meteorologists estimate there will be four hurricanes, 10 named storms and one major hurricane this season.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1014 mb (29.95 inches).

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect, though the NHC said life-threatening swells could reach mid-Atlantic states.

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The chances of Beryl reforming into a tropical storm were put near zero. Tropical storm watches were in place in Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius, according to the hurricane center.

A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean has strengthened into Tropical Storm Chris, which is expected to meander off the coast of the Carolinas for days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A tropical storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, forecasters said, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico. Maximum sustained winds were 30 miles per hour. It appears, based on the current track, the storm will weaken as it moves just south of Puerto Rico, portions of which remain in the dark nine months after Hurricane Maria.

Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said Beryl is not going to affect the weekend, and looks like, at this point, not a factor for the Lowcountry's future. That's due to strong wind shear, dry air and dust, which should all combine to weaken the system, AccuWeather said.

Tropical Storm Beryl is now quickly intensifying between west Africa and the Lesser Antilles, and it could be the first hurricane of the season in the Atlantic. It made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a subtropical storm and ushered drenching rains across states in the South and Midwest.

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