Tropical Depression No. 2 forms far out in Atlantic Ocean

Elias Hubbard
July 5, 2018

The more significant of the two disturbances was upgraded to a tropical depression at 11 a.m. and now forecast to become a Tropical Storm Beryl with maximum sustained winds of around 40 mph in the next 24 hours.

Rain from that system has been spreading over parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and forecasters expect that to continue for the next few days.

Tropical Depression 2 is located about 1385 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving to the west at 16 mph (26 km/h).

Forecasters described it as a small but "well-organized" area of low pressure and a tropical wave.

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.

It has been a quiet season so far, with no storm activity since Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in May, ahead of the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Then at the end of May, although the predicted number of storms remained the same, it was forecast that six would become hurricanes, two of them major.

Read the full advisory for Tropical Depression Two.

Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent. A tropical depression is likely to form in this area during the next day or two, while the system moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

It has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days.

The most recent models suggest that the storm will be negatively impacted by an approaching frontal boundary on Sunday, making additional development limited after that interaction.

Read the full update from the National Hurricane Center.

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