In an 11 a.m. advisory, forecaster said the fast-moving storm intensified with sustained 35 mph winds more than 1,300 miles east, southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Tropical Depression Three is forecast to strengthen during the next 24 hours and could potentially become tropical storm Chris.
However, it added that upper-level winds are expected to become less conducive for development by this weekend when the system approaches the Lesser Antilles. No no watches or warning are now in effect for the U.S. Mainland.
"Places like the Lesser Antilles watch out because you could feel the effect of this by the weekend". Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, but the system may not degenerate into an open trough until it reaches the vicinity of Hispaniola and the central Caribbean Sea. A gradual west-northwest movement is expected over the next several days. It appears that Fabio has reached its peak intensity with wind speeds of 110 miles per hour and its minimum pressure at 964 mb. Dominica is now under a tropical storm warning as the worst of its weather is predicted to affect the island Sunday night.
Beryl will continue to track westward through an environment of warm water and low wind shear which is favorable for additional strengthening. The small storm is expected to encounter wind shear as early as Sunday, allowing for the storm to weaken.
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The chance for storms continues on Friday but depending how quickly the cooler air pushes through will depend on how warm it gets. SATURDAY: Clouds give way to sun and finally, we see less intense heat and much lower humidity, especially during the afternoon.
As far as the low-pressure system offshore, it has a 70-percent chance of cyclone development over the next two days, increasing the likelihood of showers and thunderstorms, according to a Friday morning National Hurricane Center weather outlook.
Another system, dubbed Invest 96L, now centered southwest of Bermuda has a medium chance of developing into a tropical depression by the end of this week, according to the NHC.
Only 45 named tropical storms have formed in the first half of July from 1851-2017, for an average rate of one every 3.7 years.