And Just Like That: Tropical Depression 2 Forms
UPDATE: 1:30 PM CDT Lake Charles - The depression has now been updated to Tropical Storm Beryl. Satelite imagery indicated that the tropical storm had gained strength with maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH with even higher gusts. Movement is 275° west at 16 MPH.
End of Update
From a semi-organized area of low pressure a couple of days ago around 10° latitude to a slushy band of rainstorms moving westwardly over the warm tropical Atlantic, as of 10 AM Lake Charles time we now have Tropical Depression Two, the good news is it is expected to dissipate over the Lesser Antilles this weekend.
That word comes from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, you can read the advisory here.
Since it is located thousands of miles from inhabited land, at this time there are no coastal warnings or watches in effect. The satellite pinpointed location is latitude 10.2 North, longitude 41.4 west. The system is moving westwardly at about 16 MPH.
Maximum sustained winds are 35 MPH with higher gusts, and some strengthening is expected into tropical storm status later today or tomorrow (Friday).
The good news is upper-level shearing winds are expected to decimate the organization into an open trough east of the Lesser Antilles over the weekend.
Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Tropical Depression Two is in RED, the orange one we're not too concerned with presently.