Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean

Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean”

"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.

All the while sitting not too far off the U.S. East Coast. There weren't any coastal watches or warnings as of early Monday.

Off the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris was centered about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).

Don't panic. The National Hurricane Center says Chris, the third named storm of 2018 in the Atlantic, won't come onshore here but turn and head away from the U.S.

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 previous year by Hurricane Maria. On average, the third storm forms August 13, said Phil Klotzbach, a tropical weather researcher at Colorado State University and Capital Weather Gang contributor.

Tropical storm warnings remain for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

High surf and risky rip currents are expected along parts of the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts through early week.

While Tropical Storm Chris is not expected to directly impact land over the next few days, rough surf and unsafe rip currents will continue to impact coastal areas of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and the Northeast through much of this week.

Tropical Storm Beryl is moving rapidly westward toward the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

Chris had top winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) at 5 a.m. Monday, and was expected to remain almost stationary through Tuesday before moving northeastward as a hurricane. A state of emergency was in effect, the statement said.

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