TS Chris to become hurricane off NC coast


The risk from rain and wind was particularly acute for the about 60,000 people with blue tarps on their homes, the aftereffects of Hurricane Maria last September. Several landslides were reported. On average, the third storm forms August 13, said Phil Klotzbach, a tropical weather researcher at Colorado State University and Capital Weather Gang contributor. It also dumped torrential rain in the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, with the National Weather Service warning of high winds and fallen trees and light posts. The island experienced sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 56 kph).

Memories of Hurricane Maria haunted many along Puerto Rico's southeast coast, where La Favorita grocery store in Humacao had been swamped in 5 feet of saltwater, mud and seaweed.

"It was a rather active day", he said.

He said he was surprised that Hurricane Beryl formed so early in the season, even if it did lose strength en route to the Caribbean.

Beryl was the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and the first hurricane. It degenerated into a rainstorm Sunday shortly before it crossed over Dominica, another island was battered by Hurricane Maria, which killed dozens of people.

"I don't know what we're going to do", she said. Forecasters expected it to gain hurricane strength before moving up Gulf Stream waters on a path that could cause life-threatening surf along East Coast beaches this week.

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Puerto Rico's governor had feared new power outages if Beryl passed near his island as a tropical storm as originally forecast.

As of Monday afternoon, there were almost 13,000 power outages, a total that included customers who remain without service since Hurricane Maria last September, according to Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

This image obtained from the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Beryl on July 7, 2018.

The official death count from the hurricane is 64, but a study by Harvard University and Puerto Rico's Carlos Albizu University estimated there were as many as 4,645 hurricane-related deaths, many of them attributable to the collapse of the electric power grid.

No coastal watches or warnings were in place for Chris as of Sunday.

The NHC said this morning that the disturbance is expected to move west-north-westward for the next day or so, passing over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during the day, and over Hispaniola in the night.