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Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

10 July 2018
Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

Beryl is expected to hit the eastern Caribbean as a hurricane instead of dissipating, threatening islands still trying to recover from last year's storms, forecasters said Friday.

Tropical Storm Chris is seen off the U.S. East Coast on Sunday morning.

Beryl, which had sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and was moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour, was expected to reach and cross the island chain late Sunday before moving south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday.

"The updated National Hurricane Center intensity forecast most closely follows the statistical-dynamical guidance, which lies at the upper end of the guidance envelope, and brings Beryl to hurricane strength within 36 hours", he wrote. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said a faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week.

Beryl is expected to still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. Though not now under any advisories, the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic should be monitoring Beryl's progress.

A tropical storm warning was in effect Sunday morning for Guadeloupe and Dominica, forecasters said. Additional watch areas may be required for other islands later today.

- Beryl may survive as a tropical cyclone into the central Caribbean early next week.

As the storm then moves to the NNE and moves over warmer waters it could intensify into a hurricane by Tuesday afternoon before it then weakens as it races off to the North and moves over cooler waters. Elsewhere across the northern Leeward and southern Windward Islands, rainfall amounts of 2 inches or less are expected.

Beryl continues to be a rather small storm, with hurricane-force winds extending out 10 miles from its center and tropical-storm-force winds extending out 35 miles. However, some pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are possible.

As of 4 a.m. CDT Sunday, Tropical Storm Chris was located about 150 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

"Puerto Rico was hard hit past year by Hurricanes Irma and then Maria, and the island is still recovering", Dr Joel Myers, founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather. said.