Tropical Storm Chris expected to strengthen, Beryl may re-form

11 July, 2018, 08:42 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
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Tropical Storm Chris is expected to reach hurricane status within the next 24 hours as it slowly moves to the northeast off the Carolina coast, the National Hurricane Center says.

In its Monday evening (June 9) update, the Hurricane Center said Chris was expected to remain stationary for the next day or so, before moving to the northeast by late Tuesday.

Increased swells were expected for the coasts of North Carolina and mid-Atlantic states, with the warning: “These swells could case life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”.

The tropical storm, now building near the Carolinas, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday and will most likely remain offshore for two to three days, forecasters said.

The storm was expected to pass just south of Puerto Rico, which could see sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour (25 to 40 kph) and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph), forecasters said.

In the Caribbean, the system will be the first test for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as they still struggle to recover from last year's devastating storms.

Schroeter said that while the storm is expected to become a hurricane, it's far off the coast and isn't expected to make landfall in the US, though it may reach land in eastern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland later this week.

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Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) to the north of the center. Even so, it is not expected to be a threat to our local North Florida and South Georgia area.

The curfew which was imposed along with the state of emergency was also lifted. The closest storm to Jacksonville is Chris.

The National Hurricane Center said Beryl degenerated into a tropical wave Sunday afternoon, citing satellite data that suggested there was no longer a closed low-level center of circulation in their 5 pm advisory.

Now, meteorologists expect the storm to turn into a full-fledged hurricane by Monday night, as it continues to intensify over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

"Currently, we are forecasting a moderate risk for rip currents for Horry and Georgetown counties", Pfaff said.

Tropical Storm Chris lingers off the Carolina coast. "The strongest winds would typically be offshore on the other side of the storm, but it's still very, very early".

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