Caribbean islands brace for weakened but risky Tropical Storm Beryl

Caribbean islands brace for weakened but risky Tropical Storm Beryl

Forecasters expect it will gain hurricane strength later on Monday before moving up Gulfstream waters on a path that won't take it near the US mainland but could cause life-threatening surf on East Coast beaches this week.

But the National Weather Service said Beryl remained on track to move south of the U.S. Virgin Islands and across western Puerto Rico on Monday, potentially bringing 2 to 3 inches (5-8 cm) of rain and gusty winds to the U.S. territory still recovering from the devastation wrought past year by Hurricane Maria.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but forecasters say swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce risky surf and rip current conditions.

Chris is the third tropical system to form this Atlantic hurricane season.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about people still living with tarps on their roofs after Hurricane Maria.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 150 miles (241 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (48 kph).

The forecast predicts two to three inches of rain through Tuesday for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands.

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For Sunday afternoon and night, the weather service forecast sustained winds of 20 to 24 miles per hour over the waters. Nevertheless, we have a string of great beach days ahead of us here in New England, and Chris could send some rough surf and unsafe rip currents toward our beaches Wed-Friday.

Residents are being told to brace for unstable weather as the British Virgin Islands begins to experience the effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl. He recently noted that some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

There will be a 50 percent coverage of rain Monday in the Orlando area, where temperatures will warm into the low 90s.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Beryl was located about 240 miles east of Barbados, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC said early Sunday. Those living near Puerto Rico's south coast, the first region hit by Maria, were wary of the new storm even if it was no longer a hurricane.

Forecasters say the storm's remnants are expected to produce 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rain, with up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated areas.

The cyclone has barely moved today, and no significant motion is expected during the next day or so.

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