The system continues to become better organized, the NHC said, predicting a tropical depression is likely to form during the next day or two while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour over the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Tiny (now) Tropical Storm Beryl defied the odds and unexpectedly strengthened (briefly) into a hurricane despite a rather hostile environment of cooler than normal waters, dry air, and Saharan dust. Subtropical Storm Alberto became the first named storm of the season when it formed in May, dumping heavy rain on the southern United States.
According to meteorologists, the maximum wind speed is 65 km/h.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issued an Adverse Weather Watch for Saturday morning as the system approaches the Lesser Antilles. Maximum winds are 35 miles per hour as it spins over the central Atlantic.
The hurricane center put the chances of it becoming a tropical depression at 40 percent over the next five days, which is down from 60 percent on Wednesday.
The NHC said that the system is expected to dissipate however it will still bring gusty winds and showers to the Lesser Antilles. These shearing winds should weaken this system as it is reaching the Lesser Antilles.
But the latest weather forecasts and hurricane models suggest the storm was not a taste of what it is to come this year, particularly after an incredibly devastating hurricane season last year. Originally, they had predicted 14 named storms, 6 hurricanes of which 2 would be major hurricanes.