Tropical Storm Chris forms off East Coast

Tropical Storm Chris forms off East Coast

The first Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season, Beryl posed a threat to islands that have not fully recovered from major Hurricanes Irma and Maria previous year, though its strength paled in comparison.

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.

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McNoldy noted the simultaneous presence of two July tropical storms, Beryl and Chris, hasnt happened since 2011, when Bret and Cindy roamed the Atlantic. He also urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or one of 24 government shelters that have opened.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit had warned people to respect an island-wide curfew and remain indoors.

"We're still not ready to receive another storm", said 17-year-old Ruben Del Moral, who lives in the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa, the first town hit by Hurricane Maria last September.

"Reports from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 miles per hour [110 km/h] with higher gusts".




Authorities said that based on the 11 p.m. advisory issued on Sunday night by the NHC, which lifted the tropical storm watch on Dominica, the all-clear was given at 6 a.m.

Swells generated by the system were expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic states into early next week, forecasters said, and rip current conditions may be possible.

A Tropical Depression 3 system formed off the coast of North Carolina on Friday and strengthened into a tropical storm by early Sunday morning.

The second named storm of this year's hurricane season is now "meandering" off the Carolinas, says an advisory issued early Monday morning by the USA hurricane centre. Even so, it is not expected to be a threat to our local North Florida and South Georgia area.

Chris is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane, meaning it will have sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour and no more than 95 miles per hour.

"With additional strengthening, Chris will likely become a hurricane sometime Monday", Bridges said. Lourdes De Jesus, who travelled from West Springfield, Massachusetts, to help fix her mother's house in southeast Yabucoa, said the roof consists of tarp and recycled zinc and leaks even during a light storm.

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