Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

Anything more than that is considered a tropical storm.

"It's expected to just sit off the coast and we may have an increased rip current threat due to the system and we may get some moisture from it in a few days".

But it's far out at sea and is expected to weaken before it reaches the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Beryl continues to weaken as it nears the Lesser Antilles.

The weather disturbance recently identified in the Atlantic has upgraded to a tropical storm. The hurricane center had said the storm's extremely small size - hurricane-force winds extended only 10 miles from its center - makes its intensity hard to predict.

Beryl has continued to show signs of weakening, and is no longer a hurricane or tropical storm.

Officials said they will open 424 shelters across Puerto Rico as a preventive measure and urged people to monitor the storm's progress.

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Intermittent rainstorms were already hitting Dominica, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 centimetres) of rain could fall as the storm's remnants moved over or near the mountainous island Sunday night.

"Gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall will also be possible across the remainder of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico through early next week", forecasters said. And the odds of of a direct hit on the US coast from a major hurricane have fallen from 63% to 39%.

Tropical Storm Beryl is forecast to have maximum sustained winds of 40 to 65 miles per hour.

Hurricane hunters were scheduled to investigate a tropical depression off the Carolina coastline overnight Saturday.

The storm that had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane has been losing power, but residents on islands hit hard by storms past year stocked up on food and water Saturday and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

Still, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has declared a state of emergency for the island that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma past year. Winds as strong as gale force can be expected along the North Carolina coast and the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds over the next 24 hours.

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