Tropical Storm Chris forms off the Carolinas, generating risky surf

Video Carlisle Jno Baptiste

Video Carlisle Jno Baptiste

As Beryl approached, Puerto Rico, a USA territory, was still recovering from the devastation of Maria, which struck the island on September 20, 2017, as Category 4 hurricane with maximum wind speeds of 155 miles per hour.

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

"Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states into early next week", the advisory said, adding that some of the resulting conditions could be life-threatening.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system's winds would fall below gale force during the night as it headed on a path expected to take it south of those islands. It is now a minimal tropical storm, with peak winds of 40 miles per hour.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe. The storm is forecast to intensify into a hurricane over the next several days but remain off the coast before zipping off toward Newfoundland late in the week.

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour or 75 km/h and is moving towards the west-northwest at 23 miles per hour or 37 km/h.

The National Hurricane Center will still be watching this area of showers and thunderstorms as there is a 30% it could redevelop into a tropical system once it moves over the warmer waters near the Bahamas and the upper level wind shear relaxes later this week.

Elsewhere in the tropical Atlantic, Beryl - once a hurricane - has weakened substantially on approach to the Lesser Antilles. "Hence the tropical storm watch for Barbados has been discontinued", the Barbados Met Office said last this morning.

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

A flash-flood watch was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from late Sunday through Monday evening, NWS San Juan said on Twitter.

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

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