Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Tropical Storm Chris: Path keeps storm near Carolinas for a while

Tropical Storm Chris: Path keeps storm near Carolinas for a while

It has been a mostly stationary storm so far, with sustained maximum wind speeds close to 45 mph extending at least 60 miles from the center. As sunshine-filled days draw folks to the beach, expect rough surf, strong rip currents, longshore currents and steep waves from tropical storm Chris, the NWS warned Monday.

The forecast predicts two to three inches of rain through Tuesday for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands. It's expected to become a hurricane late Monday or on Tuesday and then head out to sea, potentially clipping Atlantic Canada as a tropical storm later in the week.

As of the Sunday 5 pm advisory, Tropical Storm Chris was located 180 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and reported to be almost stationary.

The remnants of the storm Beryl brought heavy rain and wind to Puerto Rico, creating flash-flood conditions on the island and exacerbating power outage issues that have remained since last year's devastating hurricane season.

Forecasters said Puerto Rico could see winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour as well as 2 to 3 inches of rain that could cause flooding and mudslides.

Don't panic. The National Hurricane Center says Chris, the third named storm of 2018 in the Atlantic, won't come onshore here but turn and head away from the U.S.

"With additional strengthening, Chris will likely become a hurricane sometime Monday", Bridges said.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said an emergency declaration remained in effect in advance of the tropical storm.

The storm probably won't bring any wind or rain, but Schroeter said a cold front moving in tomorrow will help keep temperatures low during the week.

Still, the official 12-hour forecast is for Chris to strengthen to 65 mph and gain hurricane strength at 75 mph within 24 hours.

There is a moderate risk of rip currents across all east coast beaches that could escalate to a higher threat level into mid-week.

There is a 50 per cent chance that regeneration could occur over the next five days.

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.

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