The second and third tropical systems of the 2018 Hurricane season have formed in the Atlantic, and one could bring showers and storms to the area over the weekend.
Hurricane Beryl, a compact storm nearly 2,000 miles from North Carolina, is not expected to have any impact on the Southeast coast.
A “well-defined” system just a few hundred miles offshore could make for a wet weekend across the Carolinas.
The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories about Beryl and the as-yet unnamed system Friday morning. The Carolina storm is growing, according to the NHC, and conditions are ripe for further development. If the low becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Chris.
The storm is expected to become a tropical depression by the first of the week, according to the NHC.
The system may move slowly up the coast, or, depending on the strength of a cold front crossing the state Friday night and Saturday, could stall and strengthen off the southeast North Carolina coast. The first storm of the season was Subtropical Storm Alberto in May. That storm brought flooding and mudslides to Central America and Mexico. Beryl is not expected to survive crossing the Lesser Antilles island chain.
The Wilmington National Weather Service office is eying the future Chris due to a series of heavy storms expected across the region starting today (Friday).
The scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday will become more numerous on Saturday as a cold front moves into the area. The front is expected to stall near Savannah, Ga., Sunday, allowing drier air to move into the Carolinas from the north.
If the front is delayed, heavier than anticipated rains could develop throughout the region through early next week.
While tropical storms can develop any time from February through December, July storms are somewhat unusual, according to the NHC. Beryl is the first mid-Atlantic storm to develop in July since 2014, while Alberto marked the fourth season in a row with a tropical system developing before the “official” start of the season on June 1.
While some of the torrential rains seen here in June may have seemed tropical, no tropical systems formed during June this year, again for the fourth year in a row.