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

Tropical Storm Chris likely to strengthen into a hurricane Monday

Tropical Storm Chris likely to strengthen into a hurricane Monday

Hurricane force winds for a Category 1 storm are 74 to 95 miles per hour. Rossello, who said the island could experience power outages, urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or a government shelter.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday but was likely to strengthen in the coming days.

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. "They should not let their guard down", he said.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about those still living with tarps on their roofs after Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm previous year, killing dozens of people.

Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency. "The system can still cause a lot of damage regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane".

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

Forecasters said conditions somewhat conducive for regeneration of a tropical cyclone are expected as Beryl is forecast to move across the Bahamas and the western Atlantic.

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A Tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica while watches for Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten, were discontinued.

Beryl was moving at a relatively fast clip of 23 miles per hour.

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.

Although Chris is likely to remain offshore of the U.S. East Coast, it will still bring impacts for beachgoers.

Rains of up to five inches are possible in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Tuesday, according to the NHC.

In the Atlantic Tropical Storm Chris is slowly beginning to strengthen with sustained winds now up to 50 miles per hour and gusts reaching 60 miles per hour.

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