Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

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

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

The storm poses no threat to land, but forecasters expect it to become a hurricane on Monday. A man died in the rough surf in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on Saturday, when Chris was still a tropical depression.

It has been a mostly stationary storm so far, sustaining maximum wind speeds close to 45 miles per hour, but is expected to remain "well offshore" of the US coast.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Chris remained stationary and was not expected to move in the next few days.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

As of Sunday evening, Chris was about 180 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph. Hurricane force winds for a Category 1 storm are 74 to 95 miles per hour.

While the storm was not expected to make landfall as of Sunday afternoon, it will bring "life threatening" rough surf and risky rip currents along the East Coast, the weather service said. While Tropical Storm Chris is not expected to directly impact land over the next few days, rough surf and unsafe rip currents will continue to impact coastal areas of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and the Northeast through much of this week.

Tropical storm Beryl is expected to move near to or pass south of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday, the National Hurricane Center (N.H.C.) said its in 5:00 a.m. advisory on Sunday.

Tropical storm watches were in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica.

There was high threat of risky rip currents north of Cape Lookout, according to the National Weather Service's Newport/Morehead City office.

It is said Beryl will "degenerate into a trough of low pressure" as it moves into the eastern caribbean sea by Monday.

Rains of up to five inches are possible in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Tuesday, according to the NHC.

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

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