TS Chris to become hurricane off NC coast


Tropical Storm Chris is expected to strengthen as it hovers off the coast of the Carolinas for the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Weather Service does not have any tropical storm or hurricane warnings in effect in SC. While Beryl was the first hurricane of the year, experts believe that tropical storm Chris has the potential to become the second one soon in the Atlantic Ocean. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up risky surf and rip tides.

Beryl has been downgraded, but Chris is likely to become a hurricane soon.

The storm that had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane has been losing power, but residents on islands hit hard by storms a year ago stocked up on food and water Saturday and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves. Nonetheless, tropical storm warnings are in place for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

The remnants of Hurricane Beryl are causing power outages in Puerto Rico, where officials have been scrambling for months to fix the devastation caused by last year's Hurricane Maria.

The storm's remnants were expected to pass just south of Puerto Rico, which could see sustained winds of 25 to 40 km/h and gusts of up to 80 km/h, forecasters said.

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There were no immediate reports on any damage on Dominica from the latest storm.

Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told residents to store water because the government would shut down the water system as a precaution. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the remnants still could bring 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rain pounding down on homes still damaged by September's Hurricane Maria. He also urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or one of 24 government shelters that have opened. Some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

Olga Herrera Carrasquillo and Ramon Llanos Arboleda, who live together in Humacao in the southeastern region of Puerto Rico, said FEMA installed a blue tarp over their roof to protect what little they had left.

Tropical Storm Chris has formed in the Atlantic, the third named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

Once that moisture moves northward and closer to The Bahamas, the NHC is saying it has a medium chance for tropical development over the next 5 days.

Chris strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday evening with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour at 5 pm but by 11 PM had winds of 105 miles per hour making it a category 2.