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Tropical Storm Chris Forecast to Become a Hurricane Early This Week

Tropical Storm Chris Forecast to Become a Hurricane Early This Week

Off the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) late Sunday.

As some East Coast residents gear up for Tropical Storm Chris, New Englanders can rest easy knowing the storm will avoid the area, forecasters said.

"Based on the current track by the National Hurricane Center, it looks to be tracking well southeast of Nantucket", Buttrick said.

As Beryl approached, Puerto Rico, a US territory, was still recovering from the devastation of Maria, which struck the island on September 20, 2017, as Category 4 hurricane with maximum wind speeds of 155 miles per hour.

No coastal watches or warnings are effect because of Chris.

Tropical Storm Chris has formed in the Atlantic, the third named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm was likely to strengthen.

Chris formed off the coast of North Carolina on Friday and is now about 160 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras. The hurricane center said the storm was expected to generate swells that would increase in intensity along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Beryl - the second named storm of this season - is expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend.

'Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, especially once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday, ' the NHC said. People on islands across the region stocked up on food and water and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

A disorganized Tropical Storm Beryl was closing in on the chain of islands that form the outer perimeter of the Caribbean, where it was expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the islands of Guadeloupe and Dominica on Sunday night.

About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Hurricane Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.