Tropical Storm Beryl strengthens east of Lesser Antilles

Tropical Storm Beryl, the storm system in the bottom right, could strengthen to hurricane strength Saturday. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

July 6 (UPI) —¬†Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, strengthened Thursday night, the National Hurricane Center said, though it’s not expected to be a serious threat.

The center of the storm was located 1,215 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 14 mph as of the NHC’s¬†11 p.m. EDT update. It had sustained winds of 65 mph.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

NHC forecasters said they expect the storm to strengthen to a hurricane then dissipate over the weekend before hitting land — upper-level winds should tear the storm up. On the forecast track, the storm was expected to head northwest toward the Lesser Antilles.

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