Tropical storm Chris expected to become hurricane as it heads north

Tropical Storm Chris

Chris is churning up the seas along the coast, and large waves and deadly rip currents will be possible from North Carolina into the Mid-Atlantic states, the hurricane center said.

Meanwhile, the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl dissipated after rushing over Dominica, but forecasters said strong gusty winds and locally heavy rains could reach Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic Monday night, possibly causing flooding or mudslides.

The compact tropical cyclone had sustained winds of 60 miles per hour as of the 5 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, and was moving south at a sloth-like 1 miles per hour.

There are no coastal watches or warning in effect.

The remnants of Beryl looked set on Monday to bring 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm) of rain to Puerto Rico, which is still trying to recover from hurricanes that walloped the US territory a year ago, causing an estimated $90 billion in damage.

It was expected to pass about 70 miles (113 kilometers) south of Puerto Rico on Monday, but forecasters warned the storm-wracked USA territory could see up to 30 mph winds and heavy rains that could cause flooding and mudslides.

Tropical Storm Chris is shown off the eastern coast of North and SC, U.S., in this satellite image July 9, 2018 at 16:12 UTC.

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"Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Chris is forecast to become a hurricane late today or tonight", the hurricane center said.

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

The risk from rain and wind was particularly acute for the about 60,000 people with blue tarps on their homes, the aftereffects of Hurricane Maria last September. Hurricane force winds range from 74 miles per hour until 110 miles per hour, when the storm then becomes classified as a major hurricane. Chris is forecast to meander off the coast of North Carolina for another day before beginning to accelerate northeast into the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday and Thursday.

Meteorologists downgraded Beryl from a tropical storm to a remnant low pressure system on Sunday.

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

There is a 50 per cent chance that regeneration could occur over the next five days.

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