FLORIDA, United States, Wednesday July 11, 2018 – Forecasters are still not ruling out Beryl making a comeback, and are keeping an eye on what is left of the system that became the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season late last week.
A large area of cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorms associated with the remnants of Beryl is located over much of the Bahamas and extends northwestward over the western Atlantic for a few hundred miles, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami says.
And while it added that little or no development is expected today, and a previously scheduled Air Force Reserve reconnaissance flight to investigate the disturbance this afternoon has been cancelled, there’s a 50 per cent chance it could regenerate into a tropical depression over the next five days and a low chance (20 per cent) that it could develop over the next 48 hours.
“Conditions could become a little more favourable later in the week while the disturbance moves slowly northward over the western Atlantic,” said.
Tropical Storm Beryl formed last Thursday afternoon and within less than 24 hours had reached hurricane strength, heading towards the Lesser Antilles.
It weakened to a tropical storm again on Saturday, but anticipating a potential impact from Beryl, the Dominica government announced a state of emergency and curfew for Sunday. It was lifted on Monday morning.
Meantime, the NHC is also tracking Category 2 Hurricane Chris, which is moving away from North Carolina.