Tropical Storm Beryl has increased in speed but not in strength, and is expected to pass "a safe distance" south of the British Virgin Islands when the territory begins to experience storm conditions later today into Monday, July 9. While Tropical Storm Chris is not expected to directly impact land over the next few days, rough surf and unsafe rip currents will continue to impact coastal areas of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and the Northeast through much of this week.
Tropical storm watches were in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica. As of Sunday evening, Chris was about 180 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph.
The storm that had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane has been losing power, but residents on islands hit hard by storms past year stocked up on food and water Saturday and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.
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"On this present position and the latest available forecast track Tropical Storm Beryl no longer poses a direct threat to Barbados".
Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic areencouraged to monitor the remnants of Beryl. They predict Beryl will continue to weaken over the next 24 hours, but said the storm may develop into a tropical cyclone in a few days as it moves across the Bahamas and the western Atlantic.
Chances of formation are low, near zero percent within 48 hours and near 30 percent within five days. "Tropical Storm Chris is generating VERY ROUGH surf".
Beryl is expected to produce total rain of 2 to 3 inches through Tuesday across the Leeward and the Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico.