Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Tropical Storm Chris Could Become Hurricane


The storm was expected to strengthen to a hurricane by about 8 a.m. on Monday.

Chris may eventually impact parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland while transitioning into a strong non-tropical area of low pressure late in the week.

The storm, 150 miles south of Cape Hatteras, packs maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

Environment Canada issued a tropical cyclone information statement saying that Tropical Storm Chris is expected to move northeastward from Carolina and gain strength by Tuesday.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Chris remained stationary and was not expected to move in the next few days.

The storm was sitting almost still off the SC coast on Sunday, about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras.

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

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Tropical Storm Chris formed off a tropical depression along the Carolinas' coast early Sunday morning as Beryl remained a storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storms can have winds reaching 73 miles per hour. Chris is not expected to move over the next two or three days as it develops into a hurricane and there are no coastal warnings or watches in affect, according to the NHC.

Tropical Storm Beryl is moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles, according to the 8 a.m. EDT post.

The Tropical Storm Watch for Barbados has therefore been discontinued.

The DDM said a high wind advisory is in effect.

Tropical Storm Beryl is moving rapidly westward toward the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

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

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

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