Tropical Storm Chris: Path keeps storm near Carolinas for a while

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A tropical storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, forecasters said, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico.

Forecasters expect it will gain hurricane strength later on Monday before moving up Gulfstream waters on a path that won't take it near the USA mainland but could cause life-threatening surf on East Coast beaches this week. The storm hasn't moved much through the last day or so - and it's not expected to move much in the next day or so - but it is expected to strengthen into a hurricane sometime mid-week.

The remnants of Hurricane Beryl have a 40 percent chance of reforming as a storm later this week over the Bahamas and western Atlantic Ocean, forecasters said Monday morning (July 9). Marshall Alexander, with Dominica's Meteorological Service, told The Associated Press that no landslides or widespread flooding have been reported.

The forecast predicts two to three inches of rain through Tuesday for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands.

There is a moderate risk of rip currents for most of the local beaches, except for Cramer Park beach in Saint Croix, with a high risk of rip currents, the weather service said. However, showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected across the area on Monday.

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. Some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

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"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.

“But, as Tropical Storm Chris kicks out, it will drag a cold front on its backside which will send increasing cloudiness and decreasing stability Wednesday night and into Thursday.”.

As for Beryl it has lose its circulation and tropical characteristics making it just a remnant low with winds of 45 miles per hour and gust up to 60 miles per hour.

"Some of the models are moving the storm south of Sable Island, some of the models are moving the storm very near Halifax and across Cape Breton Island", he said.

Chris has barely moved since Saturday and is not expected to make any significant movement for the next few days.

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