Tropical Storm Chris set to become hurricane, Beryl weakens

Federico Mansilla
Julio 9, 2018

The storm was forecast to weaken into a low-pressure system Monday by the time it reaches seas just south of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September.

Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppBy the middle of the week, Chris will begin to move northeast and bring tropical storm impacts to portions of Atlantic Canada.

A Category 1 hurricane has wind speeds from 74 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour, according to the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHS).

- Tropical Storm Chris could be upgraded to a hurricane on Monday, but WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner says its effects on the North Carolina coast will be minimal. Tropical storm force winds were extending outward up to 70 miles, the center said.

As Chris continues to strengthen, Tropical Storm Beryl is dispersing as it "races" towards the Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Chris, the third storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, was named Sunday morning as it gained strength off the coast of the Carolinas.

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The National Hurricane Center will still be watching this area of showers and thunderstorms as there is a 30% it could redevelop into a tropical system once it moves over the warmer waters near the Bahamas and the upper level wind shear relaxes later this week. The storm is forecast to intensify into a hurricane over the next several days but remain off the coast before zipping off toward Newfoundland late in the week.

Those traveling to North Carolina "should monitor the progress of this system", the center said.

While the storm was not expected to make landfall as of Sunday afternoon, it will bring "life threatening" rough surf and unsafe rip currents along the East Coast, the weather service said.

No coastal watches or warnings are effect because of Chris.

There is a moderate risk of rip currents for most of the local beaches, except for Cramer Park beach in Saint Croix, with a high risk of rip currents, the weather service said.

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