Tropical Storm Chris forms off Carolinas; Beryl remains storms

Mindy Sparks
July 9, 2018

Tropical storm warnings remain for Dominica and Guadeloupe. The storm crossed directly over the island, which is still rebuilding more than nine months after Hurricane Maria hit as a Category 5 storm and killed dozens of people.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told people to store water because the government would be shutting down the water system as a precaution, and he warned them to stay alert despite the storm weakening. Government officials had said they were most anxious about those still living with tarps on their roofs.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the centre but forecasters anticipate Beryl to gradually weaken during the next 36 hours. While Tropical Storm Chris is not expected to directly impact land over the next few days, rough surf and risky rip currents will continue to impact coastal areas of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and the Northeast through much of this week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Carlos Anselmi told the AP that 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) of rain was expected across Puerto Rico, with double that in isolated areas.

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

Flooding is a big concern for those still living in homes that have not been fully rebuilt since Maria. It was set to travel north toward North Carolina by Monday evening.

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

As for Beryl it has lose its circulation and tropical characteristics making it just a remnant low with winds of 45 miles per hour and gust up to 60 miles per hour.

"Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states into early next week", the advisory said, adding that some of the resulting conditions could be life-threatening.

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