Tropical Storm Chris to avoid New England

Rain and storm winds blowing trees

Rain and storm winds blowing trees

In its Monday evening (June 9) update, the Hurricane Center said Chris was expected to remain stationary for the next day or so, before moving to the northeast by late Tuesday.

The Tropical Storm will be causing increased swells off the coast of North Carolina and mid-Atlantic states which "could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

The National Weather Service said on Monday that there had already been three rescues because of unsafe surf conditions.

Chris is relatively close to the North Carolina coast, but no watches or warnings are in effect there.

Meanwhile, the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl have brought heavy rainfall and strong winds to the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the northern Leeward Islands.

But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the remnants still could bring 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rain pounding down on homes still damaged by September's Hurricane Maria.

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The V.I. Emergency Territorial Management Agency on Sunday issued a high-surf advisory for the U.S. Virgin Islands as the remnants of what was once Hurricane Beryl pass by the territory. Even so, it is not expected to be a threat to our local North Florida and South Georgia area. Not this year. Two tropical storms have formed in the past four days, one briefly becoming a hurricane and the other expected to by late Monday.

The Barbados Meteorological Services reports that at 11:00 am today, Tropical Storm Beryl was 14.4N, 57.9W which is about 130 miles or 210 km to the northeast of the island. Hurricane force winds range from 74 miles per hour until 110 miles per hour, when the storm then becomes classified as a major hurricane.

If Chris does become a hurricane, it would be the second this month - a relatively rare occurrence in July.

On Saturday, a man in his mid-60s was unable to swim to shore after being caught in a strong current off the coast of a beach in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, according to a news release from the town. 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 formation chances were 10 percent over the next 48 hours and 50 percent over the next five days.

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