Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Tropical Storm Chris Forecast to Become a Hurricane Early This Week

Theresa Hayes | 09 July, 2018, 09:00

The Barbados Meteorological Services reports that at 11:00 am today, Tropical Storm Beryl was 14.4N, 57.9W which is about 130 miles or 210 km to the northeast of the island.

While Chris is expected to become a hurricane, it will stay offshore and head to sea, according to the storm center.

The storm was sitting almost still off the SC coast on Sunday, about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system's winds would fall below gale force during the night as it headed on a path expected to take it south of those islands. 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. It is now a minimal tropical storm, with peak winds of 40 miles per hour. Some pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are still possible however, with rainfall accumulations of 25 - 50mm (1 to 2inches) with isolated higher amounts. The remnants are moving toward the west-northwest at 26 miles per hour (42 km/h).

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. Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy; Saba and St. Eustatius; and St. Maarten remain on a tropical storm watch.

Those living near Puerto Rico's south coast were wary of the rain forecast, since they were the first ones hit by Maria and saw some of the biggest damage.

It is said Beryl will "degenerate into a trough of low pressure" as it moves into the eastern caribbean sea by Monday.

The storm remains in an environment conducive for gradual strengthening as it is centered over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Hurricane Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.