Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Tropical storm watch discontinued

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin just off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 150 miles to the south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm poses no threat to land, but forecasters expect it to become a hurricane on Monday.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Chris remained stationary and was not expected to move in the next few days. It is now a minimal tropical storm, with peak winds of 40 miles per hour.

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the US coast for the next two or three days.

Tropical Storm Chris was about 160 miles (257 km) south of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina with top sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 kph), the NHC said in an advisory. Meteorologists said the swells can result in life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

According to a National Hurricane Center update, swells caused by the storm are expected to increase around the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states through early next week.

There was high threat of unsafe rip currents north of Cape Lookout, according to the National Weather Service's Newport/Morehead City office.

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Elsewhere in the tropical Atlantic, Beryl - once a hurricane - has weakened substantially on approach to the Lesser Antilles.

The Tropical Storm Watch for Barbados has therefore been discontinued.

N.H.C. said this morning that interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic should monitor the progress of Beryl.

Tropical Storm Beryl is moving rapidly westward toward the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Storm Chris, which continues to linger off the North Carolina coast, is expected to become a hurricane on Monday.

Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency.

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