Breezy Sunday; watching Tropical Depression #3 — FORECAST

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Breezy Sunday; watching Tropical Depression #3 — FORECAST

Only one major hurricane is expected, according to their updated forecast issued on Monday. Tropical Storm Alberto was the season's first, which developed in late May. But the hurricane watch has been discontinued, although tropical storm watches remain in force.

Still, the little swirl gained enough wind speed on Thursday to acquire the name Beryl.

The NHC said that the system is expected to dissipate however it will still bring gusty winds and showers to the Lesser Antilles. Klotzbach and his team are the go-to forecasters for hurricanes and have a better-than-average record for storm forecasting.

The eye of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.7 North, longitude 46.5 West on Friday morning.

Still, "swells generated by the depression are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states this weekend", forecasters said.

A tropical depression is a low-pressure system with thunderstorms that produce maximum winds of about 39 miles per hour.

The storm is forecast to strengthen in coming days and could become a tropical storm Saturday night or Sunday, the hurricane center said Saturday morning.

Beryl is a compact hurricane.

Even as Beryl approaches Maria-battered and still recovering Puerto Rico from the south early Monday as a tropical storm, few were ignoring the threat two days out. It's minimum central pressure is 1009 mb.

"Beryl has been a bit of a surprise today, which is not uncommon for tiny tropical cyclones such as itself", the NHC 5 p.m. Thursday advisory said, noting, "It's usually hard to get a good handle on the intensity of these types of cyclones".

Beyond that time frame, the ultimate path and intensity of Beryl or its leftovers is unknown. Meanwhile, a tropical depression formed in the afternoon off the U.S. East Coast.

"Just make sure your general hurricane season preparations are complete", said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams on Friday.

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