Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Tropical storm Chris is third named storm of 2018 Hurricane season

Theresa Hayes | 09 July, 2018, 05:09

In the Atlantic Tropical Storm Chris is slowly beginning to strengthen with sustained winds now up to 50 miles per hour and gusts reaching 60 miles per hour. As of Sunday evening, Chris was about 180 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph. It was centered 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Martinique and was racing west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph).

The storm was expected to strengthen to a hurricane by about 8 a.m. on Monday. While Tropical Storm Chris is not expected to directly impact land over the next few days, rough surf and risky rip currents will continue to impact coastal areas of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and the Northeast through much of this week. A tropical storm warning is already in effect for that area, with hurricane conditions possible beginning on Tuesday.

No coastal watches or warnings are effect because of Chris.

Tropical storm warnings remain for Dominica and Guadeloupe. Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy; Saba and St. Eustatius; and St. Maarten remain on a tropical storm watch. "Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic should monitor the progress of Beryl".

On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles today, cross the island chain tonight, and move near or south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday.

Chances of formation are low, near zero percent within 48 hours and near 30 percent within five days. On average, the third storm forms August 13, said Phil Klotzbach, a tropical weather researcher at Colorado State University and Capital Weather Gang contributor.

By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.