Tropical Storm Chris to avoid New England

Pablo Tucker
July 9, 2018

Elsewhere in the tropical Atlantic, Beryl - once a hurricane - has weakened substantially on approach to the Lesser Antilles.

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. They expect Chris to become a hurricane by mid-week with additional strengthening forecast afterward.

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


Canada's national forecaster says the Maritimes could be in the path of a tropical storm that formed off the US coast Sunday morning. Hurricane force winds for a Category 1 storm are 74 to 95 miles per hour. "Therefore, a small craft warning is also in effect", the DDM said. It was centered 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Martinique and was racing west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph).

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

But the National Weather Service said Beryl remained on track to move south of the U.S. Virgin Islands and across western Puerto Rico on Monday, potentially bringing 2 to 3 inches (5-8 cm) of rain and gusty winds to the U.S. territory still recovering from the devastation wrought a year ago by Hurricane Maria.


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.

“But, as Tropical Storm Chris kicks out, it will drag a cold front on its backside which will send increasing cloudiness and decreasing stability Wednesday night and into Thursday.”.

By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.


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