Tropical Storm Chris set to become hurricane, Beryl weakens

Katie Ramirez
July 9, 2018

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to strengthen and remain off the Carolinas' coast Sunday as Beryl weakened to remnants of a storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras and was moving east-southeast at 2 mph (4 kph).

A disorganized Tropical Storm Beryl was closing in on the chain of islands that form the outer perimeter of the Caribbean, where it was expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the islands of Guadeloupe and Dominica on Sunday night. By midweek, Chris may intensify into a hurricane as it continues to become better organized. It said Beryl could reform into a tropical cyclone in a few days when its remnants are forecast to move through the Bahamas.

However, the storm's path is expected to stay away from the New England shore.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday but was likely to strengthen in the coming days.

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There is a moderate risk of rip currents for most of the local beaches, except for Cramer Park beach in Saint Croix, with a high risk of rip currents, the weather service said.

The storm still had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) late Sunday afternoon. Interests in Atlantic Canada, including Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, should monitor the progress of Chris for potential direct impacts later next week.

The storm that had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane has been losing power, but residents on islands hit hard by storms previous year stocked up on food and water Saturday and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves. Wind gusts of 40-60 miles per hour may produce isolated power outages and minor tree damage, mainly over Guadeloupe and/or Dominica.

By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. A tropical watch remained in effect for Dominica Sunday evening, according to the NHC.

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