Caribbean islands brace for weakened but unsafe Tropical Storm Beryl

Mindy Sparks
July 9, 2018

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the US coast for the next two or three days.

Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency.

But the National Weather Service said Beryl remained on track to move south of the U.S. Virgin Islands and across western Puerto Rico on Monday, potentially bringing 2 to 3 inches (5-8 cm) of rain and gusty winds to the U.S. territory still recovering from the devastation wrought past year by Hurricane Maria. "The system can still cause a lot of damage regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane". Meteorologists said the swells can result in life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello met with his Cabinet and meteorological experts on Sunday to prepare for Beryl's arrival, Rossello's office said in a statement.

"I'm praying for all the brothers who are still living under a plastic roof", said 79-year-old Alfonso Lugo in the southeastern Puerto Rico town of Humacao.

"Lugo lost his roof and two walls to Maria, and was waiting on Sunday for volunteers to secure his new roof before Beryl arrives".


Gradual weakening is anticipated during the next 36 hours, and Beryl is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Monday. Its maximum sustained wind speeds were at 45 miles per hour.

At 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday, the storm's center was located about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds around 45 mph.

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to bring swell and showers to Bermuda towards the middle of this week.

Beryl is expected to remain on its current path, crossing the Lesser Antilles on Sunday and the island chain Sunday night, and proceeding near or south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday. according to the NHC.

The same amount, two to three inches, was also expected to fall on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, with up to five inches possible in some areas, through Tuesday.

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