Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Environment Canada issues statement for the Maritimes about Tropical Storm Chris

Environment Canada issues statement for the Maritimes about Tropical Storm Chris

At 11 p.m. Monday, the National Hurricane Center issued what it said would be the last update on Beryl, saying that remnants of the storm were over the northeastern Caribbean. with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

There were no hurricane or storm watches or warnings posted Monday morning, but forecasters said Sunday that Chris will bring "life threatening" rough surf and unsafe rip currents along the East Coast.

Chris is relatively close to the North Carolina coast, but no watches or warnings are in effect there.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands braced for heavy rains and strong winds Monday as remnants of the new season's first hurricane provided an initial test of how far they've recovered from last year's devastating storms.

Beryl is likely to result in rain accumulations of 2 to 3 inches in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and amounts in some areas could reach 5 inches.

Tropical Storm Chris continues to meander off the coast of North Carolina.

The combination of Tropical Storm Chris and an area of High pressure to our west will make for a breezy north wind.

Hurricane Maria dealt a vicious blow when it hit Puerto Rico on September 20 with winds close to 150 miles per hour (240 kph), knocking out the island's already teetering electric grid and water supply.

Chris was upgraded from a tropical depression to a tropical storm on Sunday. Now that it's moving away from the cooler water it managed to stir up, the storm moves back out over warmer surface waters tonight, and is forecast to strengthen further through Wednesday. However, a new burst of showers located in the northeastern quadrant of the storm had forecasters watching to see if t a new center was forming for the storm. Chris is forecast to meander off the coast of North Carolina for another day before beginning to accelerate northeast into the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday and Thursday.

Meantime, the state of emergency and curfew implemented in Dominica on Saturday evening, ahead of a potential impact by Beryl, was discontinued yesterday morning.

The hurricane center said there was a possibility that Beryls remnants could regenerate into a tropical cyclone in a few days while moving across the Bahamas.

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