Storm Strengthening To Hurricane Off Carolinas As Puerto Rico Faces Storm Beryl

LOLA wave model guidance valid on Monday afternoon

LOLA wave model guidance valid on Monday afternoon

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.

Weather conditions are expected to gradually improve on Tuesday.

Any of these passing showers or storms will be capable of producing periods of heavy downpours, rumbles of thunder and lightning and gusty winds up to 30-40 miles per hour.

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the US coast for the next two or three days.

Chris is expected to begin moving late Tuesday to the northeast and pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday, the center said.

Barbadians can breathe a sigh of relief, as the island is no longer under Tropical Storm Watch.

The hurricane center said most forecast models are on board with this scenario, but some take Chris away from the USA faster than others.

Tropical Storm Chris, which continues to linger off the North Carolina coast, is expected to become a hurricane on Monday.

The hurricane center cautioned those along the coast to keep an eye on Chris but think its worst weather will stay offshore.

A tropical storm warning is up on Guadeloupe and Dominica, while a tropical storm watch has been issued for the French Caribbean territories of Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barts as well as St. Maarten, Barbados, St. Lucia, Saba and St. Eustatius.

There is a "moderate risk" of enhanced rip currents developing Monday at the beaches in central and southern New Jersey and southern DE, the National Weather Service said.

At 6pm today, Chris was 571 miles west of Bermuda, with winds of about 52mph and higher gusts.

Chris is the only named storm in the Atlantic as of Monday morning.

As of 11:00 p.m. Sunday, the remnants of Beryl were located near latitude 15.8 North, longitude 62.4 West, N.H.C. said.

Tropical Storm Chris was about 160 miles (257 km) south of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina with top sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 kph), the NHC said in an advisory.

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