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Tropical depression becomes Tropical Storm Beryl

Storm remains far out in Atlantic Ocean

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PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Tropical Storm Beryl formed Thursday afternoon, just hours after the second tropical depression of the 2018 hurricane season developed far out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Beryl was located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the system had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving west at 16 mph.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to dissipate east of the Lesser Antilles sometime during the weekend.

"It's not really posing a great threat to anybody -- maybe a few ships out at sea," Local 10 News meteorologist John Gerard said.

Local 10 News chief certified meteorologist Betty Davis said models show Beryl strengthening to a category 1 storm early Saturday morning with maximum sustained winds at 75 mph. 

"There's low confidence with this," she said. "Nonetheless, we'll be following it as it's projected to move toward the northwest, and by Saturday evening or afternoon, it starts to weaken as it hits some wind shear. And by Sunday, as it starts to approach the islands, it may very well be nothing more than a tropical wave." 

No watches or warnings have been issued.

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