Tropical storm Chris is third named storm of 2018 Hurricane season

Tropical storm Chris is third named storm of 2018 Hurricane season

Some 60,000 people in the USA territory still have only tarps for roofs blown off by Maria, and more than 1,500 customers are still without power more than nine months after the storm.

Beryl, which had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, was losing tropical storm status late Sunday when it crossed Dominica, another island that had been battered by Hurricane Maria, which hit as a Category 5 storm and killed dozens of people.

A tropical storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, forecasters said, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico. The storm hasn't moved much through the last day or so - and it's not expected to move much in the next day or so - but it is expected to strengthen into a hurricane sometime mid-week.

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.

What's the path for Chris? The storm could make landfall as a tropical storm early Friday in far northeastern Canada. Then it is expected to turn to the northeast and speed away from the USA on Wednesday and Thursday.

Beryl is expected to produce total rain of 2 to 3 inches through Tuesday across the Leeward and the Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico.

The hurricane center cautioned those along the coast to keep an eye on Chris but think its worst weather will stay offshore. But it will generate unsafe rip currents at area beaches, from Ocean City to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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"There may be a few rain bands along the Outer Banks and some rough surf", said Gardner.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the storm's center.

But the BWS said at noon today: “Fortunately, the broad high pressure ridging will keep the storm at a safe berth from the island, thus making the only potential impacts of this system being shower activity and large long period swell.”.

Chris is the only named storm in the Atlantic as of Monday morning.

However, Beryl may not be over and done with.

Chances of formation are low, near zero percent within 48 hours and near 30 percent within five days.

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

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