NASA's Terra satellite apots second Atlantic Tropical Depression

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

By the time Beryl reaches near Puerto Rico, the storm is likely to have weakened into a tropical depression.

We'll continue to monitor this feature and provide updates during NBC2 Newscasts throughout the next several days. Beryl has a chance to remain a hurricane for a couple of days before strong upper-level winds are likely to weaken or destroy it as it reaches the Caribbean Islands.

"Beryl is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it approaches the Lesser Antilles Sunday night or Monday, and the chance of some islands receiving direct impacts from wind and rainfall continue to increase", NHC forecasters said. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has the storm potentially becoming a Category 2 hurricane this weekend. Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy; Saba and St. Eustatius; and St. Maarten remain on a tropical storm watch.

Beryl is the second name on the list and the first storm to form since May when Subtropical Storm Alberto moved up the Gulf of Mexico.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center is not tracking any tropical depressions or storms.

There's a new tropical depression in the central Atlantic, and it could strengthen and become Tropical Storm Beryl as soon as today. By later this week, Chris may bring gusty winds and heavy rain to portions of Atlantic Canada. And the odds of of a direct hit on the US coast from a major hurricane have fallen from 63% to 39%.

Last year, there were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria which devastated some parts of the Caribbean.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour (75 km/h) with higher gusts.

"Rainfall from Beryl will be the primary concern from the northern Leeward Islands to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico", said AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda.

Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told residents to store water because the government would shut down the water system as a precaution.

Meanwhile, another storm, Tropical Depression 3, is crawling over the Atlantic about 150 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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