Storm Strengthening To Hurricane Off Carolinas As Puerto Rico Faces Storm Beryl

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 9, 2018

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. By midweek, Chris may intensify into a hurricane as it continues to become better organized.

Chris formed off the coast of North Carolina on Friday and is now about 160 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.

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.

The NHC forecasts the storm to meander off the coast for the next several days. Tropical storms can have winds reaching 73 miles per hour.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but forecasters say swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce unsafe surf and rip current conditions. As a result, it is forecast to continue generating life-threatening waves and rip currents for the Mid-Atlantic beaches.

The Carolinas could see their first hurricane of the season on Monday, as Tropical Storm Chris strengthens. Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy; Saba and St. Eustatius; and St. Maarten remain on a tropical storm watch.

The same amount, two to three inches, was also expected to fall on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, with up to five inches possible in some areas, through Tuesday.

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour or 75 km/h and is moving towards the west-northwest at 23 miles per hour or 37 km/h.

'Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, especially once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, ' the NHC said.

Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency.

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