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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The second tropical depression of the year has strengthened into a tropical storm.
At 2:30 p.m., the National Hurricane Center upgraded the system in the central Atlantic to minimal Tropical Storm Beryl.
CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer says Beryl remains a very small tropical storm surrounded by dry air, marginal water temps, and soon, increasingly hostile wind shear. While Beryl may strengthen slightly over the next two days, it is forecast to encounter the wind shear near the eastern islands of the Caribbean over the weekend and degenerate into an open tropical wave.
At 11 a.m., the center of the system was about 1385 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph as it moved to the west at 16 mph.
There are no watches or warnings in effect for this storm.