Tropical Storm Chris forms off Carolinas; Beryl remains storm

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What's the difference between a tropical wave, a tropical depression and a tropical storm? The MODIS image revealed a very. The hurricane center said the storm was expected to generate swells that would increase in intensity along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts. NASA's Terra satellite provided an early morning look at the small depression. Maximum sustained winds were at 35 miles per hour with a minimum central pressure of 1009 mb. It is getting disorganized as it encounters strong wind shear about 300 miles from the coast of the Lesser Antilles.

Another system, dubbed Invest 96L, now centered southwest of Bermuda has a medium chance of developing into a tropical depression by the end of this week, according to the NHC. Beryl was a tropical storm late Saturday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, after starting out as a hurricane on Saturday morning.

Colorado State University forecasters Philip Klotzbach and Michael Bell now say they expect 11 named tropical storms in the 2018 season.

"So the most we may get from this is a few scattered showers and thunderstorms right along the south-east coast".

The storm is forecast to strengthen in coming days and could become a tropical storm Saturday night or Sunday, the hurricane center said Saturday morning.

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The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).

Beryl is expected to still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Beryl's upgrade to a Category 1 storm made it the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season.

Due to changing environmental conditions in the main development region for tropical storms, CSU has since lowered their forecast to a below average number of storms.

"While we don't expect a direct hit to take place on Puerto Rico, even some of those outer bands. have the potential to knock out power" on the USA territory, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said. Beryl was downgraded to a tropical storm later Saturday. Forecasters said it posed no immediate threat to land and would likely become a tropical storm by Sunday before beginning moving farther out into the Atlantic on Tuesday.

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