Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants

Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants

The storm crossed directly over Dominica more than nine months after Hurricane Maria hit the island as a Category 5 storm and killed dozens of people.

The U.S. Virgin Islands, meanwhile, announced that schools and government offices would be closed in St. Croix.

Officials say large trees have fallen and blocked several roads, one river has burst its banks and a landslide has been reported in the northern town of Naranjito.

Jose Alamo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Associated Press that 1 to 5 inches (3 to 13 centimeters) of rain fell across Puerto Rico. It was moving to east-southeast at 2 miles per hour (4 kph).

Puerto Rico's east coast was the most affected even as people in that region struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria. But Beryl, which had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, disintegrated as a tropical storm shortly before reaching Dominica.

Memories of Hurricane Maria haunted many along Puerto Rico's southeast coast, where La Favorita grocery store in Humacao had been swamped in five feet of saltwater, mud and seaweed.

There were no immediate reports on any damage on Dominica from the latest storm.

"You worry, because you think about everything you've lost", he said.

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The remnants of the storm Beryl brought heavy rain and wind to Puerto Rico, creating flash-flood conditions on the island and exacerbating power outage issues that have remained since last year's devastating hurricane season.

"Definitely, we were spared the worst", he said.

Though less powerful than before, the storm brought 2 to 4 inches of heavy rain and gusty winds to southeast Puerto Rico on Monday.

To the north, Tropical Storm Chris was squatting Monday about 215 miles (350 kilometers) off the coast of the Carolinas.

Hurricane Chris is churning off the Carolina Coast and strengthening. Originally, the hurricane center anticipated Chris to become a hurricane Monday.

This image obtained from the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Beryl on July 7, 2018.

No coastal watches or warnings were in place for Chris as of Sunday. "The system can still cause a lot of damage, regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane".

The NHC said this morning that the disturbance is expected to move west-north-westward for the next day or so, passing over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during the day, and over Hispaniola in the night.

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