Formed in the Atlantic tropical storm "beryl"

Formed in the Atlantic tropical storm

Colorado State University forecasters Philip Klotzbach and Michael Bell released their July forecast, predicting a total of 11 named tropical storms during the 2018 season - four that will likely become hurricanes.

Beryl weakened to a tropical storm Saturday morning and continued losing strength into the afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Beryl's maximum sustained winds reached 80 miles per hour on Friday.

At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 51.1 West. Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour. After which, it is forecast to become an open trough East of the Lesser Antilles.

Still, the remnants of the storm should bring locally heavy rains and gusty winds to portions of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday and Monday, the hurricane center said. Tropical depression Tropical Depression 3 is located 195 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Saturday morning and is moving north-northwest at 6 mph.

"Beryl has been a bit of a surprise today", forecasters noted, explaining that small storms can be tricky and change rapidly. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, especially once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday.

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Tropical Storm Beryl has formed between West Africa and the Lesser Antilles.

The 5 p.m. location of Tropical Storm Beryl. Dry air and fast upper-level winds should cause this storm to dissipate by early next week.

This event is related to the ITCZ ( Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) being modulated by Tropical Depression #2 (now Tropical Storm Beryl). The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has the storm potentially becoming a Category 2 hurricane this weekend.

The kind of extreme hurricanes that tend to shut oil and natural gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, halt pipelines and damage crops may occur with less frequency this year because of cooler waters that rob storms of the fuel they need to develop.

The Atlantic high pressure ridge will continue to influence a moderate easterly wind flow across the region.

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