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Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin just off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 150 miles to the south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) Sunday.

The Carolinas could see their first hurricane of the season on Monday, as Tropical Storm Chris strengthens.

Don't panic. The National Hurricane Center says Chris, the third named storm of 2018 in the Atlantic, won't come onshore here but turn and head away from the U.S.

"Chris has been almost stationary the past several hours, and little motion is expected during the next day or so", the NHC said.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about people still living with tarps on their roofs after Hurricane Maria. There is also the potential that Beryl could produce total rainfall accumulations of two to three inches across portions of the Leeward and Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico.

Dominica's government had said it would shut down the water system, while Puerto Rico's governor warned of likely new power outages.

Residents are being told to brace for unstable weather as the British Virgin Islands begins to experience the effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged people to stay inside and observe a curfew. The weather is said to strongly resemble powerful winter storm-like conditions accompanied by heavy rains and strong winds.

Wind, waves and visibility can quickly become problematic for boaters, while the increased sea states leading up to and after a tropical storm can create powerful rip currents, according to a release from the Coast Guard. It's expected to remain "well offshore" of the US coast, forecasters say, instead heading for Newfoundland, Canada. "It's not as big as an issue around the Wilmington area, but there's certainly a high rip current danger". The storm is forecast to reach hurricane strength and move northeast beginning Tuesday.


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