Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday: NHC

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Tropical Storm Beryl could become hurricane on Friday: NHC

Tropical Storm Beryl, a compact, fast-moving system, continued to intensify Thursday and could become a hurricane in the coming days.

The newly formed tropical storm is now over 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwest.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour [55 km/h] with higher gusts".

A tropical storm warning remains for Barbados and a hurricane watch was discontinued for Dominica, which endured Hurricane Maria's Category 5 winds in September.

"Places like the Lesser Antilles watch out because you could feel the effect of this by the weekend". It forms when sea temperatures in the tropical Pacific are warmer than average, and cause higher speed, high-level winds across the southern United States, reducing tropical storm formation. More recently, a low level spin we've been tracking for several days near Bermuda managed to produce enough thunderstorm activity to be upgraded to a Tropical Depression on Friday afternoon off the North Carolina coast.

The NHC said Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday. It's expected to strengthen into a tropical storm and possibly a hurricane, but should stay well offshore with no impact to the U.S. East Coast. The Category 1 storm is expected to achieve wind speeds of 100 miles per hour, reaching Category 2 status, over the next day before gradually weakening to tropical storm force.

Some increase in showers and gusty winds are expected in the Lesser Antilles this weekend. Tropical depression Tropical Depression 3 is located 195 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Saturday morning and is moving north-northwest at 6 mph.

"Temperatures at the surface of the tropical Atlantic Ocean have become remarkably colder than normal", wrote Phil Klotzbach, a Capital Weather Gang contributor and the lead author of the Colorado State outlooks.

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