Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Tropical Storm Chris likely to strengthen into a hurricane Monday

Tropical Storm Chris likely to strengthen into a hurricane Monday

Meanwhile, tropical storm Beryl was located about 240 miles east of Barbados, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC said early Sunday.

A flash-flood watch was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from late Sunday through Monday evening, NWS San Juan said on Twitter.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged people to stay inside and observe a curfew.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about those living with tarps on their roofs after Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm previous year, killing dozens of people. A state of emergency was in effect, the statement said.

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It might reach Nova Scotia by Thursday, although Environment Canada notes forecasters are still unsure about the storm's projected track and the system's intensity.

Tropical Storm Beryl has picked up speed in movement, but not winds, according to Sunday's 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Buttrick said local impacts may include building seas and an increased risk for rip currents, but strong winds and rainfall won't be a concern.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become category 1 hurricane at some point Monday. "There was a lot of buying".

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"We're a little bit scared because of what we've been through", said Jose Bultron, a delivery man in the southeast town of Humacao. They're the ones who have been forgotten.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Chris remained stationary and was not expected to move in the next few days.

Beryl was moving at a relatively fast clip of 23 miles per hour.

Puerto Rico also suffered widespread damage from Hurricane Maria, and Gov. Ricardo Rossello had anxious the island could experience power outages if Beryl arrived as a tropical storm as originally forecast. By later this week, Chris may bring gusty winds and heavy rain to portions of Atlantic Canada. It is almost stationary, and little movement is expected through Tuesday.

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