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Tropical Storm Chris on track to become a hurricane today

Tropical Storm Chris on track to become a hurricane today

At 11 a.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm's remnants crossed directly over the island with top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), and was expected to drop up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain, with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated spots.

In this geocolor image GOES-16 satellite image taken Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 15:00 UTC, shows Tropical Storm Beryl, center right, moving across the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and Tropical Storm Chris, top left, off the U.S. East Coast.

Chris is expected to begin moving late Tuesday to the northeast and pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday, the center said.

Chris, third tropical storm of the 2018 season, became a depression on Friday afternoon.

The hurricane center said most forecast models are on board with this scenario, but some take Chris away from the USA faster than others.

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.

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The hurricane center cautioned those along the coast to keep an eye on Chris but think its worst weather will stay offshore.

The storm still had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) late Sunday afternoon.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday but was likely to strengthen in the coming days.

Chris is the only named storm in the Atlantic as of Monday morning. Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states during the next few days.

Beryl had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, but it disintegrated shortly before reaching Dominica, where many people still shelter under tarps on their roofs more than nine months after Hurricane Maria hit as a Category 5 storm and killed dozens of people.


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