Tropical Storm Chris Forms Off NC Coast; Expected to Become Hurricane

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Chris is churning up the seas along the coast, and large waves and deadly rip currents will be possible from North Carolina into the Mid-Atlantic states, the hurricane center said. But the US National Hurricane Center said it still had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) as it zipped over Dominica moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour (43 kph). It was far enough out to sea that no coastal watches or warnings were in effect, even for the closest point of land, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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

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

Many North Carolina beaches are closed to swimming due to heavy surf and unsafe rip currents caused by Tropical Storm Chris.

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to bring swell and showers to Bermuda towards the middle of this week. Other weather systems, the presence of dry air near the storm, and ocean water temperatures all have an impact.

In the next couple of days, "long-term swells. will cause an enhanced risk for development of unsafe rip currents through, at least, the middle of the week", the weather service said. It also dumped torrential rain in the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, with the National Weather Service warning of high winds and fallen trees and light posts.

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The US National Hurricane Centre said: “Chris has been almost stationary the past several hours, and little motion is expected during the next day or so.

At 11a.m. Tropical Storm Beryl was located about 130 miles or 210 kilometres northeast of Barbados.

Beryl weakened to a tropical storm from a hurricane on Saturday and was forecast to lose more strength toward the end of Sunday.

Hurricane Chris was an unprecedented storm in that it was only the second hurricane to stretch as far north in June as it did.

The NHC stopped writing advisories on Beryl, but it issued an 8 a.m. forecast giving the remnants of the short-lived hurricane a 40 percent chance of reforming over the next five days as it moves west-northwestward.