A third named Atlantic storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, while Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to threaten Puerto Rico.
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. It was seen staying well off the U.S. coast.
“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.
Tropical Storm Chris continues to become better organized. Air Force reconnaissance indicates max winds have increased to 50 mph. Chris is forecast to become a hurricane on Monday as it meanders off the NC coast the next 2 days, then accelerate to the northeast. s pic.twitter.com/NARbxjfDU1
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) July 8, 2018
Beryl weakened to a tropical storm from a hurricane on Saturday and was forecast to lose more strength toward the end of Sunday.
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 last year by Hurricane Maria.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) July 8, 2018
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. Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello met with his Cabinet and meteorological experts on Sunday to prepare for Beryl’s arrival, Rossello’s office said in a statement.
Flash Flood Watch in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from late tonight through Monday Evening.Vigilancia de Inundaciones Repentinas para Puerto Rico e Islas Vírgenes Americanas desde tarde esta noche hasta la noche del lunes. #prwx #usviwx
— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) July 8, 2018
A state of emergency was in effect, the statement said.
About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Hurricane Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.
According to a survey by a research team led by Harvard University that was published in May, Maria took the lives of more than 4,600 people on the island.
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