MIAMI May 25 Subtropical Storm Beryl formed off
the South Carolina coast on Friday and forecasters at the U.S.
National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for
parts of the Southeastern U.S. coast.
Beryl had top sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph)
and was in the Atlantic about 305 miles (490 km) east of
Charleston, South Carolina, the Miami-based center said.
Beryl is not expected to threaten oil and gas drilling or
production. The storm is forecast to eventually turn back toward
the Atlantic and away from the Gulf of Mexico, where U.S. oil
and gas operations are clustered.
Subtropical storms usually have a broader wind field
than tropical storms and their shower and thunderstorm activity
is more removed from the storm's center.
A tropical storm warning was issued for an area stretching
from northeast Florida to South Carolina. The warning means that
tropical storm conditions are expected within the area over the
next 36 hours.
Beryl was moving north but expected to veer west-southwest
or southwest on Saturday, the hurricane center said. The storm's
center is expected to be near or over the Southeastern U.S.
coast on Sunday, it said.
Beryl is the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane
season, which officially runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, although
it is not uncommon for storms to form outside that time frame.
(Reporting by Kevin Gray; editing by Todd Eastham)