Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants

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

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the US coast for the next two or three days.

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the US coast for the next two or three days. A man died in the rough surf in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on Saturday, when Chris was still a tropical depression. 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.

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.

The storm that had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane has been losing power, but residents on islands hit hard by storms previous year stocked up on food and water Saturday and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves. "Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch areas of the Lesser Antilles by later today or Monday", forecasters said, "Strong gusty winds are also possible in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday". "Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic should monitor the progress of Beryl".

'Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, especially once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, ' the NHC said.

"Tropical storm conditions are expected in Dominica and Guadeloupe tonight".

Meanwhile, tropical storm Beryl was located about 240 miles east of Barbados, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC said early Sunday.

Rain accumulations of 2 to 3 inches are expected through Tuesday "across the Leeward and the Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico".

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