Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean

James Marshall
July 9, 2018

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become a hurricane Monday (July 9), according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC forecasts the storm to meander off the coast for the next several days.

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.

As the third named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Chris developed more than a month ahead of normal. They expect Chris to become a hurricane by mid-week with additional strengthening forecast afterward.

However, a small craft warning remains in effect for Barbados until 6a.m. Monday.

A disorganized Tropical Storm Beryl was closing in on the chain of islands that form the outer perimeter of the Caribbean, where it was expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the islands of Guadeloupe and Dominica on Sunday night. It is 60 miles northeast of Martinique and 70 miles east-southeast of Dominica.

A Tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica while watches for Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten, were discontinued.

Beryl is then expected to weaken, with its post-tropical remnants charting a course for Puerto Rico and following a somewhat similar path through the Caribbean as 2017's Hurricane Maria.

As for Beryl it has lose its circulation and tropical characteristics making it just a remnant low with winds of 45 miles per hour and gust up to 60 miles per hour.

High surf and unsafe rip currents are expected along parts of the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts through early week.

Although Beryl has lost strength and is expected to gradually weaken, forecasters said it will produce strong winds and heavy rainfall across the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola through Tuesday.

Tuesday a weak area of high pressure could move over Acadiana dropping rain chances down to about 20-30% but every other day this week rain chances will be up around 40-60% during the afternoon hours.

Beryl is likely to result in rain accumulations of 2 to 3 inches in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and amounts in some areas could reach 5 inches.

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