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Tropical Storm Beryl Forms In Atlantic, Should Bring Heavy Rains, Winds on Monday

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MIAMI — A tropical depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Beryl this afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Beryl had winds of 40 mph and was moving to the west at 16 mph. It was located about 1,330 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea.

The storm should fall apart by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles. That’s due to strong wind shear, dry air and dust, which should all combine to weaken the system, AccuWeather said.

“Upper-level winds will become hostile well before the system approaches the Lesser Antilles this weekend,” according to Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman. “These shearing winds should rip the system apart. Dry air is also plentiful near the system and will likely play some weakening role.”

separate storm could develop off the U.S. East Coast over the next few days, but isn’t likely to directly impact land.

Following Tropical Storm Alberto, which developed during Memorial Day weekend, there were no tropical storms over the Atlantic basin during June for the first time since 2014, AccuWeather reported.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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