TS Chris to become Hurricane - Warning out for Maritimes

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As Chris strengthens into a hurricane Monday or Tuesday, the upper-level winds are also expected to steer the storm to the northeast, where it is likely to accelerate away from land and become extra-tropical by the end of the week.

"Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect for portions of the Lesser Antilles, where Beryl is forecast to bring impacts from wind and rainfall to some of the islands beginning late today or tonight", the National Hurricane Center said in a statement.

The storm is expected to generate high surf and unsafe rip currents from North Carolina to ME, according to The Weather Channel.

More than 20,000 homes and businesses were without power as the storm passed over the island, including at least 1,500 who have been without electricity since Hurricane Maria devastated the island a year ago, Lt. Gov. Luis Rivera Marín told the Miami Herald.

It is barely moving with no significant motion expected in the next day.

"We're still not ready to receive another storm", said 17-year-old Ruben Del Moral, who lives in the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa, the first town hit by Hurricane Maria last September.

Beryl is likely to result in rain accumulations of 2 to 3 inches in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and amounts in some areas could reach 5 inches.

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There were no immediate reports on any damage on Dominica from the latest storm. The island has imposed a curfew and officials warn that the water system will be shut down as a preventive measure.

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

About 60,000 homes were still covered by tarps after Hurricane Maria destroyed roofs, and several temporary bridges were still in place.

A satellite image shows Tropical Storm Chris spinning off the U.S. East Coast on Monday, July 9, 2018. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now".

Lugo lost his roof and two walls to Maria and was waiting for volunteers to secure his new roof before Beryl.

Once that moisture moves northward and closer to The Bahamas, the NHC is saying it has a medium chance for tropical development over the next 5 days.

Wednesday's 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Chris sustaining 100 miles per hour winds, only 5 miles per hour slower than early Wednesday morning.

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