Tropical Storm Chris on track to become a hurricane today
Tropical Storm Chris on track to become a hurricane today
Update – Tropical storm watch discontinued
09 July, 2018, 15:51
Those living near Puerto Rico's south coast were wary of the rain forecast, since they were the first ones hit by Maria and saw some of the biggest damage.
As the storm is positioned over very warm ocean waters, it is forecast to steadily strengthen over the next 72 hours and become a hurricane between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Chris is now formed off the coast of North Carolina, and as the system moves east it could become a hurricane before the end of the day.
All the while sitting not too far off the U.S. East Coast. The storm's remnants crossed directly over the island with top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), and was expected to drop up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain, with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated spots.
Tropical Storm Chris was squatting on Monday about 200 miles (320 kilometers) off the coast of the Carolinas, where forecasters expect it will gain hurricane strength before moving up Gulfstream waters on a path that could cause life-threatening surf on East Coast beaches this week.
More than nine months after Hurricane Maria, about 1,500 people in Puerto Rico are without power on the island; about 60,000 have only tarps for roofs.
No coastal watches or warnings were in place for Chris as of Sunday.
High surf and unsafe rip currents are expected along parts of the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts through early week.
After the storm passes through the Caribbean early next week, "there appears to be an opportunity for the remnants of Beryl to regenerate into a tropical cyclone when the system moves through the Bahamas and into the southwestern Atlantic", the National Hurricane Center said.
Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppBy the middle of the week, Chris will begin to move northeast and bring tropical storm impacts to portions of Atlantic Canada. Tropical storm force winds extend 70 miles out from the center of the storm.
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