Tropical depression forms over central Atlantic

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Beryl is the second tropical depression of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

Tropical Depression Two (TD2) formed in the central Tropical Atlantic this morning.

Another system now centered southwest of Bermuda has a medium chance of developing into a tropical depression by the end of this week, according to the NHC.

Even so, the islands in the Caribbean that were left battered and bruised after the 2017 hurricane will face stormy conditions on Sunday and Monday.

Enough rain may fall to cause localized flash flooding and mudslides, especially along steep hillsides and in mountainous terrain.

Currently, the storm is 2140 km from the lesser Antilles.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Maximum winds are 35 miles per hour as it spins over the central Atlantic.

Many worry Beryl will cause power outages across Puerto Rico given the fragility of the US territory's electrical grid after Maria destroyed up to 75 percent of its distribution lines a year ago. It dumped heavy rain on the southeastern United States.

Long lines were reported outside grocery stores on the islands of Dominica, Puerto Rico and elsewhere as people bought food and water as a preventive measure, the Associated Press reported. Small changes in the forecast cone could mean big changes.

"We're pretty prepared", she told the AP in a phone interview and said that crews fortified the roofs on all seven cottages that survived Hurricane Maria.

The next names on the list are Beryl then Chris.

Beryl remained very small, churning along at 14 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, shy of Category 1 status, according to an advisory issued at 11 a.m. ET by the National Hurricane Center.

So as always just make sure you stay aware of your surroundings this weekend and be prepared to take shelter from storms as they move in, especially if you'll be out late in the day.