ORLANDO, Fla. -- Our second named storm of the season, Beryl, developed Thursday afternoon well out in the Central Atlantic.
- Tropical Storm Beryl forms in Central Atlantic
- Beryl is a small tropical storm
If you remember, our first named storm was Alberto that developed back in May.
As of 11 p.m. Thursday, Beryl increased strength to just shy of hurricane status with winds of 65 mph and is moving west at 14 mph.
Beryl is a small tropical storm that moving quickly west through the Atlantic toward the Lesser Antilles. Beryl may continue to strengthen and become a hurricane Friday morning, but will quickly weaken as it encounters some unfavorable conditions this weekend.
As Beryl moves closer to the islands by Sunday, dry air will create a hostile environment that Beryl may not survive. If it does, strong wind in the Caribbean will be the next obstacle Beryl will have to contend with.
With so much working against this tropical storm, it is not a big concern, especially for Central Florida.
There is another disturbance between Bermuda and the United States that has a chance for tropical development in the next five days. Regardless, this system will stay away from Florida and most likely the United States.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina will probably feel some impacts as it moves off the Carolina coast.