TS Chris to become hurricane off NC coast


The 11:00 p.m. update from the NHC puts Tropical Storm Chris about 195 miles (315 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph).

Right after the tropical storm, Beryl hit the eastern Caribbean and swiftly moved toward the region that is still struggling to overcome last year's deadly hurricanes, a new storm formed across the Carolinas coast.

The storm had 90 mph winds with hurricane-force winds extending up to 35 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds up to 160 miles.

The main threat will be risky surf and rip currents along the coast of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states through the middle of the week. Chris is the third named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

A separate system, Tropical Storm Chris, lingered off the Atlantic Coast on Sunday and is expected to remain in place for several days, according to forecasters.

Though the storm is far from the strength of major Hurricanes Maria and Irma past year, Beryl still posed a threat of wind and rain to areas that have not fully recovered from those destructive storms.

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The state of emergency imposed on Dominica in anticipation of Tropical Storm Beryl has been discontinued.

Beryl is likely to result in rain accumulations of 2 to 3 inches in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and amounts in some areas could reach 5 inches.

The National Weather Service warned islanders that thunderstorms with torrential rainfall and strong gusty winds continued to bombard the eastern half of Puerto Rico.

Forecasters said this could unleash flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris was squatting on Monday about 320 kilometres off the coast of the Carolinas.

"I'm praying for all the brothers who are still living under a plastic roof", said Alfonso Lugo in the southeastern Puerto Rico town of Humacao. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now". The remnants of Beryl continue to move toward Puerto Rico, but as the tropical wave moves toward the Bahamas it will have to be monitored for redevelopment.