Two tropical depressions likely in Atlantic by end of week: NHC

The five-day tropical weather outlook issued Wednesday by the National Hurricane Center shows activity in the central Atlantic and to the north of the territory.

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Fabio on July 5 at 6:15 a.m. EDT (1015 UTC) and revealed one small area of strong thunderstorms (red) where cloud top temperatures as cold.

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin just off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 150 miles to the south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Earlier, forecasters said was likely to fizzle before becoming a threat to land.

Still, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has declared a state of emergency for the island that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma past year. The potential for heavy rain and gusty winds extends through Tuesday.

Beryl was the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and the first hurricane. Early Monday, it was blasting winds of 60 miles per hour as it moved at about 2 mph northward some 200 miles southeast off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Tropical Storm Chris has formed in the Atlantic, the third named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

"I'm praying for all the brothers who are still living under a plastic roof", said 79-year-old Alfonso Lugo in the southeastern Puerto Rico town of Humacao.

"As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them".

Lugo lost his roof and two walls to Maria and was waiting for volunteers to secure his new roof before Beryl.

Although the storm could briefly become a hurricane, it should fall apart by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles. Forecasters believe that additional strengthening is in store for Chris, and the storm is expected to become a hurricane by mid-week.

The hurricane center said Beryl's remnant had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) late Sunday and was moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour (43 kph). It was centered 285 miles (455 kilometers) east of Martinique and was moving west-northwestward at 20 mph (31 kph). The depression is stationary and a very slow southeastward motion is forecast during the next couple of days.

Vanessa Coleman

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