Tropical Storm Chris lurks off North Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Beryl picks up speed, expected to bring wind and rain to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane by Monday night, bringing unsafe rip currents and high surf off the coasts of North Carolina to Maine.

However, environmental conditions are expected to become somewhat conducive for regeneration of a tropical cyclone in a few days when the remnants of Beryl are forecast to move across the Bahamas and the western Atlantic.

It is still expected to bring rain and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Clean Bed & Breakfast in Dominica, said in a phone interview. Although the eye of the storm has grown throughout the day to be about 30 miles wide, it appears to be moving away from the USA mainland.

"We're still not ready to receive another storm", said 17-year-old Ruben Del Moral, who lives in the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa, the first town hit by Hurricane Maria last September. For now, it could bring high surf and a rip current threat to the Carolina coast.

Forecasters warned that the USA territory could see between 15 to 25 miles per hour (25 to 40 kph) winds, as well as heavy rains that could cause flooding and mudslides.

Many North Carolina beaches are closed to swimming due to heavy surf and risky rip currents caused by Tropical Storm Chris.




The Carolinas could see their first hurricane of the season on Monday, as Tropical Storm Chris strengthens. Actually, I believe there is a chance Chris may become a category 2 hurricane briefly before traveling far enough out to sea to reach colder waters.

Officials said 24,000 customers had already lost power across Puerto Rico and Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or go to one of 14 government shelters that have opened.

Meantime, the state of emergency and curfew implemented in Dominica on Saturday evening, ahead of a potential impact by Beryl, was discontinued yesterday morning.

Any of these passing showers or storms will be capable of producing periods of heavy downpours, rumbles of thunder and lightning and gusty winds up to 30-40 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said Beryl degenerated into a tropical wave Sunday afternoon, citing satellite data that suggested there was no longer a closed low-level center of circulation in their 5 pm advisory.

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