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Tropical Storm Beryl expected to become a hurricane before impacting Caribbean

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Tropical Storm Beryl formed Friday evening east of the Caribbean islands in the tropical Atlantic, and it’s expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it heads west toward the Caribbean.The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has been tracking this system, formerly Tropical Depression 2, for development over the last few days. Satellite imagery on Friday indicated the system had gained enough organization to be classified as a tropical storm.Once sustained wind speeds reach at least 74 mph, the cyclone will be classified as a hurricane.2024 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON GUIDE: HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS YEAR’S STORMSTropical Storm Beryl is located in the tropical Atlantic less than 1,100 miles east-southeast of Windward Islands and is not a threat to any landmasses during the next 36 hours.Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to continue strengthening over the next few days and become a hurricane as it continues to move west, likely reaching the Windward Islands by the end of the weekend. Hurricane or Tropical Storm Watches could be required for portions of that region within the next 24 hours, the NHC adds.On the projected track, Beryl is expected to intensify into a hurricane before the Caribbean islands and weaken late next week.”Typically, the atmospheric environment is unfavorable for intensification in this portion of the Atlantic basin in late June. However, the overall atmospheric and oceanic conditions appear conducive for steady strengthening during the next few days,” NHC forecasters stated.Depending on where the cyclone strengthens into a hurricane, it could become one of the furthest east-forming hurricanes on record, as systems usually wait until the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico to become a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.A disturbance a couple of hundred miles east of Beryl is south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some slow development of this system is possible early next week as it moves generally westward across the central and western tropical Atlantic at 15 to 20 mph, according to the NHC. It currently has a medium chance of development over the next week.Another disturbance dubbed Invest 94L is moving through the Caribbean toward Central America and southern Mexico, bringing the possibility of heavy and dangerous rainfall. HOW DO HURRICANES FORM?The NHC is giving this system a medium chance of developing. If it does, FOX Weather Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross said it would likely be in the far western Caribbean or the extreme southern Gulf of Mexico if the system survives its trek across land.”On the current schedule, the disturbance will impact Central America and move into the southern Gulf over the weekend,” Norcross explained. “High pressure across the southern U.S. should keep the system well to the south.”

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