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Hot Tropics: TD #3 Forms And Hurricane Beryl

The tropics are very busy as the weekend begins.  Tropical Depression # 3 has formed off the North Carolina coast while Hurricane Beryl holds its own as it zips towards the Lesser Antilles.
We’ll start with Tropical Depression # 3, which formed on Friday afternoon.  At 5 pm Friday, TD # 3 was located near 32.2 North, 73.8 West, about 230 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.  Maximum sustained winds were 30 miles per hour, but the system is expected to reach tropical storm strength on Saturday and eventually become a hurricane.  The forecast shows TD # 3 lingering off the Carolina coast for several days, so we’ll keep an eye on it for possible impacts to the Outer Banks.
Now to Beryl.  This little hurricane is holding its own, and a hurricane watch is in effect for Dominica.  Tropical storm watches are in effect for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy in the Lesser Antilles.  At 5 pm Friday, Beryl was located near 10.6 North, 47.8 West, and was moving west at 15 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 80 miles per hour.  Beryl is expected to move through the Lesser Antilles late on Sunday into Monday.  The latest forecast track shows it moving south of Puerto Rico, clipping the southern coast of Hispaniola, and affecting eastern Cuba — as a tropical storm.  But the small size of this system makes both the track and intensity forecasts quite uncertain beyond the weekend.  We’ll continue to watch Beryl closely.
Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.