NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida issued a Tropical Weather Outlook Update at 5 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 6, 2018, after Tropical Storm Beryl strengthened into Hurricane Beryl over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.
The National Hurricane Center said the depression could become a tropical storm later on Thursday or Friday. With sustained winds of 35 miles mph and quickly moving toward the west near 16 mph.
Right now, the National Hurricane Center is not tracking any tropical depressions or storms. Upper-level winds are expected to become less conducive for development by this weekend when the system approaches the Lesser Antilles.
Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in late May and made landfall in Laguna Beach, near Panama City, just before the official June 1 start of hurricane season.
Peak wind speeds were estimated at 50 miles per hour, with some higher gusts.
Currently, the storm is 2140 km from the lesser Antilles.
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. It is projected to cross the islands late Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane and then weaken as it enters the Caribbean Sea.
The weakening tropical disturbance might still bring shower and thundershower activity and locally gusty winds to the central and northern Lesser Antilles from Sunday into Monday.
Tropical waves are areas of low air pressure which move from east to west across the tropics, causing areas of cloudiness and thunderstorms. Nearly 20 percent of America's oil comes from the storm-exposed Gulf of Mexico, based on Energy Information Administration data. This disturbance is forecast to move westward or west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.
In its April forecast, the Colorado State University team said there would be 14 named storms, seven of which would develop into hurricanes - three of them major.