SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas of storminess in the Atlantic Ocean; one has been classified as the second Tropical Storm of the hurricane season.
A more visually-impressive area of low pressure has kept persistent, strong, thunderstorm activity for the past 24-hours; assisting in its tropical formation.
The National Hurricane Center was calling this "Invest 95-L". A center of circulation was found at the surface Thursday morning and Invest 95-L was upgraded to Tropical Depression Two. A gradual west-northwest movement is expected over the next several days.
At about 3 p.m. the storm had winds of 40 mph, making it Tropical Storm Beryl.
The system is forecast to move into an environment that does not support significant strengthening. In fact, gradual weakening is the most-likely solution. Whatever remains of this low will likely track through the Caribbean next week and poses no immediate threat to any land mass.
The less impressive system is producing rainy weather southwest of Bermuda today. While disorganized, showers and storms continue to develop in this areas and conditions may become more favorable for tropical development over the next few days.
Essentially, this area of low pressure has between now and Sunday to get classified a tropical system before moving back into unfavorable conditions.
The National Hurricane Center gives this area a 30-percent-chance of tropical development within the next 48-hours and a 40-percent-chance of tropical development within the next five days. This system is forecast to move northward, then northeastward, away from the United States.
We'll keep you updated on both features and whatever the rest of Hurricane Season 2018 has to offer on WTOC-TV, at wtoc.com/weather and in the WTOC Weather App.