Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants

Ismael LynchJul 09, 2018

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the USA coast for the next two or three days. Maximum sustained winds have reached 45 miles per hour (75 kph).

The province is looking at some rocky weather later this week as tropical storm Chris makes it way from the Eastern United States.

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico - The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl rushed over Dominica but then dissipated, lessening the threat to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which had braced for heavy rains and strong winds less than a year after being battered by hurricanes.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris, is bobbing 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm is forecast to intensify into a hurricane over the next several days but remain off the coast before zipping off toward Newfoundland late in the week.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm was likely to strengthen.

Forecasters are also tracking Beryl, which weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm over the weekend.

The weather service expects those rain bands to periodically affect the Outer Banks through tonight.

No coastal watches or warnings were in place for Chris as of Sunday.

The hurricane center said Beryl's remnant had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) late Sunday and was moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour (43 kph).

After the storm passes through the Caribbean early next week, "there appears to be an opportunity for the remnants of Beryl to regenerate into a tropical cyclone when the system moves through the Bahamas and into the southwestern Atlantic", the National Hurricane Center said.

While the storm was not expected to make landfall as of Sunday afternoon, it will bring "life threatening" rough surf and unsafe rip currents along the East Coast, the weather service said.

Forecasters said conditions could become a bit more favorable for the storm to regenerate later this week.

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