Tropical Depression No. 2 forms far out in Atlantic Ocean

This Atlantic hurricane season will not be nearly as active as last year’s according to forecasters

The second tropical storm of the hurricane season formed in the southern North Atlantic Thursday.

The depression is located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles and is moving toward the west at about 16 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Beryl formed Thursday afternoon with sustained winds near 40 miles per hour.

Puerto Rico could be hit with winds of up to 40 miles per hour and heavy flooding as Hurricane Beryl approaches a region still trying to recover from last year's storms, forecasters said Friday.

However, it is forecast to lose its intensity over the weekend. A hurricane watch is in effect for Dominica and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. This system is forecast to move northward, then northeastward, away from the United States.

Hurricane Beryl, upgraded to a category one overnight from a tropical storm, remains on a slow course towards the Caribbean.

The barrelling tropical storm caused more than £37million ($50million) in damage and claimed 12 lives as it moved up the U.S. coast in May.

According to meteorologists, the maximum wind speed is 65 km/h.

Tropical Depression Two, in the lower right of this GOES-16 satellite image, is moving west toward the Caribbean.

We'll continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Depression Two.

Colorado State University forecasters cut their estimate of storm activity during the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, citing cooler ocean temperatures and the likely formation of a weak El Niño. Last year, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helped rack up storm losses totaling more than $200 billion, the most ever. Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday. But that has been revised to 11 named storms, 2 hurricanes and only 1 major storm for all of 2017.

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