Tropical trouble: Beryl's remnants threaten Puerto Rico, as Chris spins near Carolinas

11 July, 2018, 08:44 | Author: Rosalie Gross
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In its Monday evening (June 9) update, the Hurricane Center said Chris was expected to remain stationary for the next day or so, before moving to the northeast by late Tuesday.

All eyes are on the Atlantic as Hurricane Chris has strengthened to a Category 2 storm, and while it is expected to remain well off-shore, rough surf and risky rip currents will impact the Jersey Shore and Long Island later this week.

The National Weather Service warned islanders that thunderstorms with torrential rainfall and strong gusty winds continued to bombard the eastern half of Puerto Rico.

As of the 11AM advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Chris has maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. with a central pressure of 999 mb.

In the Caribbean, the system will be the first test for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as they still struggle to recover from last year's devastating storms.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said 2 to 3 inches of rain could fall on Dominica, with up to 5 inches possible in spots.

The second named storm of this year's hurricane season is now "meandering" off the Carolinas, says an advisory issued early Monday morning by the USA hurricane centre.

To the north, Tropical Storm Chris was squatting Monday about 215 miles (350 kilometres) off the coast of the Carolinas. Lourdes De Jesus, who travelled from West Springfield, Massachusetts, to help fix her mother's house in southeast Yabucoa, said the roof consists of tarp and recycled zinc and leaks even during a light storm. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up unsafe surf and rip tides.

Satellite view of Tropical Storm Chris on Monday morning.

According to the United States National Hurricane Centre, Chris could become a hurricane by tomorrow.

The NHC stopped writing advisories on Beryl, but it issued an 8 a.m. forecast giving the remnants of the short-lived hurricane a 40 percent chance of reforming over the next five days as it moves west-northwestward.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has declared a state of emergency and suspended work for Monday, on the island where Hurricane Maria caused some US$100-billion worth of damage.

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