Tropical Storm Chris forms off the Carolinas, generating unsafe surf

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"Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect for portions of the Lesser Antilles, where Beryl is forecast to bring impacts from wind and rainfall to some of the islands beginning late today or tonight", the National Hurricane Center said in a statement.

Dominica's government had said it would shut down the water system during the storm's pass as a precautionary measure to lessen possible damage.

By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

Though the storm is far from the strength of major Hurricanes Maria and Irma a year ago, Beryl still posed a threat of wind and rain to areas that have not fully recovered from those destructive storms.

More than nine months after Hurricane Maria, about 1,500 people in Puerto Rico are without power on the island; about 60,000 have only tarps for roofs.

Chris, third tropical storm of the 2018 season, became a depression on Friday afternoon.




Power outages also were reported Monday on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, where officials ordered schools and government offices closed. It said the system could still drop up to 2 to 3 inches (5 to eight 8) of rain, with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated spots. Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electrical grid and caused the deaths of an untold number of people.

Marshall Alexander, with Dominica's Meteorological Service, told The Associated Press that no landslides or widespread flooding have been reported.

Hurricane Chris is a weakening storm as it continues to cruise out to sea, the remnants of Beryl try to reorganize near the Bahamas. We'll have to watch this cluster of storms later in the week for regeneration further northward. It was located about 208 miles east of Martinique, packing maximum sustained winds of 45mph, the NHC said on Sunday. Some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

"I don't know what we're going to do", she said.

Tropical Storm Chris was about 160 miles (257 kilometres) south of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina with sustained winds of 45mph (75kph), the NHC said in an advisory. Forecasters expect it will gain hurricane strength before moving up Gulfstream waters on a path that could cause life-threatening surf on East Coast beaches this week.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the remnants of Beryl would move south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday.

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