Tropical Storm Chris targeted to become hurricane Tuesday, forecasters say

13 July, 2018, 02:24 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Rain and storm winds blowing trees

"We are in a vulnerable state", he said. Flash-flood warnings have expired, but a watch continued through midnight as intermittent showers and storms continued.

Officials say large trees have fallen and blocked several roads, one river has burst its banks and a landslide has been reported in the northern town of Naranjito.

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.

The U.S. Virgin Islands, meanwhile, announced that schools and government offices would be closed in St. Croix.

Jose Alamo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Associated Press that 1 to 5 inches (3 to 13 centimeters) of rain fell across Puerto Rico.

The National Weather Service issued an alert warning that heavy showers and winds of more than 50 miles per hour (80 kph) were approaching Puerto Rico's east coast Monday morning.

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.




Elsewhere in the tropical Atlantic, Beryl - once a hurricane - has weakened substantially on approach to the Lesser Antilles.

Marshall Alexander, with Dominica's Meteorological Service, told the AP that no landslides or widespread flooding were reported.

Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands - places still recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes - early in the coming week, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday. Saturday looks to be warm and humid with afternoon storms as well, but some more dry air filters in Sunday.

"I don't know what we're going to do", she said. Forecasters expect it will gain hurricane strength before moving up Gulfstream waters on a path that could cause life-threatening surf on East Coast beaches this week. Originally, the hurricane center anticipated Chris to become a hurricane Monday.

No coastal watches or warnings are effect because of Chris.

The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl continues its way over homes previously damaged by Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Monday, July 9, 2018. Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electrical grid and caused the deaths of an untold number of people.

Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic areencouraged to monitor the remnants of Beryl.

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