Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

Terry Joseph
July 11, 2018

Following Tropical Storm Alberto, which developed during Memorial Day weekend, there were no tropical storms over the Atlantic basin during June for the first time since 2014, AccuWeather reported.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday.

The center added that the French tourist islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and St Barthelemy, as well as French-Dutch St Martin, were under tropical storm watch, meaning that tropical storm conditions were possible.

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 previous year.

The hurricane centre said there was a possibility that the remnants of Beryl could regenerate into a tropical cyclone in a few days while moving across the Bahamas.

Later Monday the storm is expected to head south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, whipping the island with minimal tropical storm-force winds as it continues to weaken. It was centred 495 miles (795 kilometres) east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 18 mph (30 kph). "They should not let their guard down", he said.

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A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica and Guadaloupe.

Satellite imagery indicates a tropical depression has strengthened to become Tropical Storm Beryl.

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin just off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 150 miles to the south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Off the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris has maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph). More than 1,500 power customers remain in the dark more than nine months after Maria, and some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now".

"Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states during the next few days", the NHC said. Environmental conditions appear conducive for some development of this system, and a tropical depression could form before the end of the week, but the system is expected to move west-northwestward and then northward between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States, away from the territory.

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