Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Tropical Storm Chris strengthens along Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Chris strengthens along Carolina coast

A separate storm, Tropical Depression Three, formed off the Carolina coast Friday afternoon. It is expected to remain at 75 mph through the next 24 hours, and they still believe it will dissipate after it passes Hispaniola on Tuesday.

Beryl is expected to still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris formed off the Carolinas, and the USA hurricane centre said it was likely to grow into a hurricane while heading to the northeast, roughly parallel to the coast.

Tropical Storm Beryl has formed between West Africa and the Lesser Antilles.

Tropical storm watches are in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

Tropical Depression Two had winds of 35 miles per hour.

A tropical depression heading for the Caribbean has now become Tropical Storm Beryl.

At about 3 p.m. the storm had winds of 40 miles per hour, making it Tropical Storm Beryl.

Last year, there were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria which devastated some parts of the Caribbean.

New tropical storm Tropical Storm Chris, which officially became a named storm at 5 a.m. Sunday, will linger off the North Carolina coastline, slowly gaining strength over the next two days.

A second area of disturbed weather was located between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda on Thursday.

Still, the storm is expected to impact some islands in the Caribbean even if it doesn't directly pass over them.

"While we don't expect a direct hit to take place on Puerto Rico, even some of those outer bands. have the potential to knock out power" on the USA territory, where Maria triggered months of power outages, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said.

"Rainfall from Beryl will be the primary concern from the northern Leeward Islands to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico", said AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda. Wind and strong surf cane be anticipated for the coastlines of North & South Carolina.

Although what had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane was losing power, residents on islands hit hard by storms previous year stocked up on food and water and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

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