Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
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Tropical Storm Chris to avoid New England

Tropical Storm Chris to avoid New England

A third named Atlantic storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, while Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to threaten Puerto Rico.

The storm was sitting almost still off the SC coast on Sunday, about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras. A tropical storm warning is already in effect for that area, with hurricane conditions possible beginning on Tuesday.

Dominica and Guadeloupe remain on tropical storm warning while Martinique, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten are on tropical storm watch.

Tropical Storm Chris was about 160 miles (257 km) south of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina with top sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 kph), the NHC said in an advisory.

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin just off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 150 miles to the south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

"It is going to meander a bit for the next 24 hours off the Carolina coast, and then it's expected to start heading northeast", Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service said.

The storm was expected to strengthen to a hurricane by about 8 a.m. on Monday.

The storm was expected to move toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, or just south of those areas, on Monday.

Hurricane Beryl had been downgraded to a tropical storm by Sunday and was still on track toward Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean islands.

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