Tropical Storm Beryl moving closer to eastern Caribbean

Tropical Storm Beryl moving closer to eastern Caribbean

Forecasters said the storm likely will strengthen to a hurricane, the second of the Atlantic season after Beryl, which degenerated into remnants Monday morning.

As it still moves over warmer waters, Chris will likely reach Category 1 hurricane strength with maximum winds upwards of 75 miles per hour. Tropical storm watches were in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

Still, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has declared a state of emergency for the island that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma a year ago.

"Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Beryl could still be a hurricane when it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Sunday or Monday", the agency said.

The center of Tropical Storm Fabio was located near latitude 20.2 degrees north and longitude 125.4 degrees west. Fabio was moving toward the northwest near 17 miles per hour (28 kph). Forecasters said it posed no immediate threat to land and would likely become a tropical storm by Sunday before beginning moving farther out into the Atlantic on Tuesday.

The chances of Beryl reforming into a tropical storm were put near zero.

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They predict that there will be 10 storms - 11 in total when Subtropical Storm Alberto which formed in May is included - and four of them will become hurricanes, with one of those being a major hurricane (Category 3, 4 or 5).

Long lines were reported Saturday at grocery stores on Dominica, Puerto Rico and elsewhere as people shopped for food and water.

Puerto Rico's governor had feared new power outages if Beryl passed near his island as a tropical storm as originally forecast. More than 1,500 power customers remain in the dark more than nine months after Maria, and some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.

Tropical Storm Chris was expected to remain well off the US coast, and the latest projections show it possibly making landfall in Nova Scotia late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Storms named Beryl have made landfall in the United States three different times over the years, in 1988, 1994 and 2012. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now". It was centered 210 miles (335 kilometers) east of Martinique and was moving west-northwestward at 23 mph (37 kph).

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