Rainy pattern continues for week ahead & latest on Beryl & Chris

Tropical Storm Chris

Tropical Storm Chris

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Gusty winds began to hit the eastern Caribbean on Sunday as Tropical Storm Beryl advanced rapidly toward a region struggling to recover from last year's deadly hurricanes.

Tropical Storm Chris was squatting on Monday about 200 miles (320 kilometers) off the coast of the Carolinas, where forecasters expect it will gain hurricane strength before moving up Gulfstream waters on a path that could cause life-threatening surf on East Coast beaches this week.

The next hurricane advisory is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday.

"Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris formed off the Carolinas, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was likely to grow into a hurricane while heading to the northeast, roughly parallel to the coast".

A Category 1 hurricane has wind speeds from 74 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour, according to the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHS).

A tropical storm warning is up on Guadeloupe and Dominica, while a tropical storm watch has been issued for the French Caribbean territories of Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barts as well as St. Maarten, Barbados, St. Lucia, Saba and St. Eustatius.

Chris, now churning offshore, is expected remain just off the coast of North Carolina for a few days before turning north and east and heading away from the US coastline by Wednesday.

"Hazardous sea conditions with significant wave heights of up to 2.4 to three metres or eight to 10 feet can be expected". Tropical storm force winds extend 70 miles out from the center of the storm.

There were no coastal storm watches or warnings issued early Sunday and the storm was expected to meander off the Carolinas for the next few days.

As Chris spins over relatively warm water it will gradually strengthen possibly becoming a hurricane late Monday evening or early Tuesday as it eventually heads to the NNE, staying away from land.

Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency.

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