TROPICS: 2 systems may form this week in Atlantic

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

National Hurricane Center monitoring two tropical disturbances

On Thursday afternoon, Tropical Storm Beryl was 1,330 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles moving west at 16 mph. It was centred 60 miles (95 kilometres) east of Martinique and was zipping west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph).

Given the development of the storms with this disturbance as seen by satellite, the National Hurricane Center says there's a high 70 percent chance of developing into at least a depression.

The NHC said that the system is expected to dissipate however it will still bring gusty winds and showers to the Lesser Antilles. Even so, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency for the island on Friday.

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Rossello encouraged residents living in homes with roofs covered by blue tarps to find refuge in shelters or family members' homes.

News of Beryl's approach has been enough for Puerto Ricans to flock to stores to stock up on water and dry goods. "They should not let their guard down", he said. Beryl is expected to slow down a bit during the next 24 hours.

Tropical storm warnings remain for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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This image obtained from the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Beryl on July 7, 2018. Storm force winds extend just 35 miles from Beryl's center.

Meteorologists at National Hurricane Center have upgraded a mid-Atlantic tropical depression to Tropical Storm Beryl, calling the storm's rapid development a surprise.

Two months after warning that the 2018 hurricane season was going to be an intense one, forecasters have revised their model and now say it's actually going to be a bit light. Both are in Canada. The hurricane season lasts for six months, finishing on November 30. Note: It's important to remember that forecast confidence is low because Beryl is a tiny storm, and rapid changes in it's intensity are possible.

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While it's proximity to the United States and Bermuda is notable, a direct threat to the USA doesn't seem too likely with this feature because of the influence of a front moving toward the eastern United States by this weekend. An academic report has estimated that 4,645 people died due to Maria's destruction.

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