Tropical Storm Chris expected to become hurricane soon: National Hurricane Center

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

At 11 p.m. Monday, the National Hurricane Center issued what it said would be the last update on Beryl, saying that remnants of the storm were over the northeastern Caribbean. with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Increased swells were expected for the coasts of North Carolina and mid-Atlantic states, with the warning: “These swells could case life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”. It has been a mostly stationary storm so far, with sustained maximum wind speeds close to 45 mph extending at least 60 miles from the center.

On Saturday, a man in his mid-60s was unable to swim to shore after being caught in a strong current off the coast of a beach in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, according to a news release from the town.

In an advisory, the NHC said: "Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Chris is forecast to become a hurricane late today or tonight". The storm poses no threat to land, but forecasters expect it to become a hurricane on Monday.

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Residents are being told to brace for unstable weather as the British Virgin Islands begins to experience the effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl.

The storm was expected to move toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, or just south of those areas, on Monday.

Tropical Storm Beryl was downgraded on Sunday as it moved through the Lesser Antilles.

A tropical storm warning was issued for Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria in September as a Category 5 storm.

A Tropical Depression 3 system formed off the coast of North Carolina on Friday and strengthened into a tropical storm by early Sunday morning. Deeper into the Caribbean, a state of emergency was declared in Puerto Rico, where Maria caused more than an estimated $100 billion in damage. It could bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic on Monday night.

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