Storm Strengthening To Hurricane Off Carolinas As Puerto Rico Faces Storm Beryl

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Storm watch.- Salt Wire Network

All the while sitting not too far off the U.S. East Coast.

But not for a day or two.

Chris is now formed off the coast of North Carolina, and as the system moves east it could become a hurricane before the end of the day.

Chris had winds of 60 miles per hour, making it a strong tropical storm.

Forecasters are also tracking Beryl, which weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm over the weekend.

What's the path for Chris?

Some deterioration in sea-conditions is still expected as Beryl moves over the area, with swells forecast to peak at around 3.0 m (10ft). Then it is expected to turn to the northeast and speed away from the US on Wednesday and Thursday.

They say storm could attain hurricane status by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

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- Tropical Storm Chris could be upgraded to a hurricane on Monday, but WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner says its effects on the North Carolina coast will be minimal.

The hurricane center cautioned those along the coast to keep an eye on Chris but think its worst weather will stay offshore.

There is a "moderate risk" of enhanced rip currents developing Monday at the beaches in central and southern New Jersey and southern DE, the National Weather Service said.

"There may be a few rain bands along the Outer Banks and some rough surf", said Gardner.

At 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday, the storm's center was located about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds around 45 mph. The hurricane center said the storm was expected to generate swells that would increase in intensity along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts.

A Tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica while watches for Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten, were discontinued.

However, Beryl may not be over and done with.

"Based on the current track by the National Hurricane Center, it looks to be tracking well southeast of Nantucket", Buttrick said.

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