Tropical Storm Chris forms off East Coast

The tropical storm, now building near the Carolinas, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday and will most likely remain offshore for two to three days, forecasters said.

Off the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris was centered about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).

Chris is relatively close to the North Carolina coast, but no watches or warnings are in effect there.

Beryl weakened to a tropical storm from a hurricane on Saturday and was forecast to lose more strength toward the end of Sunday.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello also urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or one of 24 government shelters that had opened.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. It quickly fell apart before reaching Dominica over the weekend, but continues to bring in rain in the Caribbean islands.

The state of emergency imposed on Dominica in anticipation of Tropical Storm Beryl has been discontinued.

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and is forecast to accelerate northeastward on Wednesday and Thursday.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit had warned people to respect an island-wide curfew and remain indoors. A stationary front draped across the southeast and Atlantic coast will keep Chris out at sea before being swept northeast by a trough/cold front.

"With additional strengthening, Chris will likely become a hurricane sometime Monday", Bridges said. "Hence the tropical storm watch for Barbados has been discontinued", the Barbados Met Office said last this morning.

At noon today, Chris was 594 miles west of Bermuda, with winds of about 46mph and higher gusts.

"Some rain is possible along the coast through the noon hour as showers try to move onshore with a north-northeast breeze of 5 to 10 mph", News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

Vanessa Coleman

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