'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour or 75 km/h and is moving towards the west-northwest at 23 miles per hour or 37 km/h.

As Beryl approached, Puerto Rico, a US territory, was still recovering from the devastation of Maria, which struck the island on September 20, 2017, as Category 4 hurricane with maximum wind speeds of 155 miles per hour.

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the US coast for the next two or three days.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Chris remained stationary and was not expected to move in the next few days.

The storm was sitting almost still off the SC coast on Sunday, about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras.

According to a National Hurricane Center update, swells caused by the storm are expected to increase around the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states through early next week. It is 60 miles northeast of Martinique and 70 miles east-southeast of Dominica.

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While the storm was not expected to make landfall as of Sunday afternoon, it will bring "life threatening" rough surf and unsafe rip currents along the East Coast, the weather service said.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe. "Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch areas of the Lesser Antilles by later today or Monday", forecasters said, "Strong gusty winds are also possible in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday".

A Category 1 hurricane has wind speeds from 74 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour, according to the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHS).

Rain accumulations of 2 to 3 inches are expected through Tuesday "across the Leeward and the Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico".

Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency.

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