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Tropical storm Chris forms off Carolina coast

11 July 2018

El Nino may put a damper on the 2018 hurricane season, with The Weather Channel and Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project now predicting a less active storm season.

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to strengthen as it hovers off the coast of the Carolinas for the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters believe that additional strengthening is in store for Chris, and the storm is expected to become a hurricane by mid-week.

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

The National Hurricane Center initiated an advisory Thursday.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a press conference late Saturday that the island could experience power outages and urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or a government shelter.

The Colorado State forecasting team had updated their forecast for the 2018 hurricane season to 14 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes at the end of May update.

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"While we don't expect a direct hit to take place on Puerto Rico, even some of those outer bands. have the potential to knock out power" on the U.S. territory, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said.

On Dominica, which also was battered by Maria, the island's meteorological service warned residents that the weather would likely begin deteriorating Saturday late night and that at least four inches of rain could fall before the storm passed over or near Dominica on Sunday night.

Minimal impacts are expected from this weakening tropical storm. Some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

The newly formed tropical storm is now over 1,200 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west.

Beryl was a tropical storm late Saturday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, after starting out as a hurricane on Saturday morning. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now". It was centered 285 miles (455 kilometers) east of Martinique and was moving west-northwestward at 20 mph (31 kph).

It is forecast to remain off the coast of the Carolinas for the next several days before accelerating northeast Tuesday, according to the NHC.

Tropical storm Chris forms off Carolina coast