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

Tropical Storm Chris: Path keeps storm near Carolinas for a while

Tropical Storm Chris: Path keeps storm near Carolinas for a while

"The system can still cause a lot of damage regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane".

Chris had top winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) at 5 a.m. Monday, and was expected to remain almost stationary through Tuesday before moving northeastward as a hurricane.

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico - 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.

Chris has barely moved since Saturday and is not expected to make any significant movement for the next few days.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm was likely to strengthen. It is now a minimal tropical storm, with peak winds of 40 miles per hour.

They've issued a statement for all of Nova Scotia and parts of P.E.I. and New Brunswick.

The wind from Chris is far offshore.

"However, due to the continuing uncertainties associated with Beryl, any possible motion towards the north could bring the system closer to the islands, thus, watches or warnings cannot be ruled out", the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said in its 11am update on Sunday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) to the north of the center.

Beryl had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, but it disintegrated shortly before reaching Dominica, where many people still shelter under tarps on their roofs more than nine months after Hurricane Maria hit as a Category 5 storm and killed dozens of people. The hurricane center said the storm was expected to generate swells that would increase in intensity along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts.

However, Beryl may not be over and done with.

The next hurricane advisory is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday.

Forecasters said conditions could become a bit more favorable for the storm to regenerate later this week.

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