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Tropical Storm Beryl has weakened into a remnant low-pressure system thanks to a hostile environment as it sweeps into the Caribbean. The storm could return back to life later next week though.
As of 8 p.m. AST, Beryl's remnants were located near 15.5 N 61.3 W, or directly over the island of Dominica. Top sustained winds remain steady at 45 mph and it is churning to the west-northwest at 26 mph. Its minimum central pressure has risen to 1010 mb, or 29.82 inches of mercury.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominica.
The remnants of Beryl will zoom across the Lesser Antilles with rain and a bit of wind. Two to 3 inches could trigger localized flooding. The circulation center going across the Lesser Antilles today, increasing winds aloft and dry air will likely cause the storm to remain a weak area of low pressure.
The low pressure will likely track just south of Puerto Rico Monday, but could enhance rainfall across the island. The low could dissipate completely before reaching the Dominican Republic late Monday evening. If the circulation center survives through the Caribbean islands, there’s a chance it could redevelop into a depression by the time it reaches the Bahamas around midweek thanks to much lower wind shear expected in the southwest Atlantic and warm ocean temperatures.
This hurricane season got off to a quick start with Subtropical Storm Alberto. It brought heavy rain to the Florida Panhandle and Central Gulf Coast on Memorial Day weekend before sliding northward across the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. Until now, no tropical cyclones have formed in the Atlantic. In fact, this June was the first June since 2014 where no tropical systems formed in the Atlantic Ocean.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season is that the season will run near average, with 10 to 16 named storms, of which 5 to 9 will become hurricanes. Last summer brought seventeen named storms, with 10 hurricanes, and 6 major hurricanes.
Check back for frequent updates on Beryl and Chris as they spin in the Atlantic.