Tropical Storm Chris, spinning well of the Carolina coast, is expected to grow into hurricane, perhaps late Monday night or early Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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.
As of the 11AM advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Chris has maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. with a central pressure of 999 mb. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, in a public address, said Beryl could change track and intensity and therefore people should remain on alert.
While Chris is not expected to make landfall anywhere in the USA, it's top-like stationary spin is generating a swell that will reach South Florida.
"Other than some impacts at the beaches, there are no direct impacts expected for the MYR and Grand Strand areas if Chris does become a hurricane", said Steve Pfaff with the Wilmington National Weather Service. It remains well offshore, but it will continue to produce unsafe surf and rip currents along the Atlantic Coast.
Beryl was named the first hurricane of the Atlantic season Friday. It said the system could still drop up to 2 to 3 inches (5 to eight 8) of rain, with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated spots.
A tropical storm watch for the island was discontinued at 11pm local time yesterday, with a flood warning downgraded to a flood watch at 6am today.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello met with his Cabinet and weather experts on Sunday to prepare for Beryl's arrival, Rossello's office said in a statement.
Tropical Storm Chris is stalled off the coast of the Carolinas today, gathering strength to become a hurricane but not expected to make landfall. On average, the third storm forms August 13, said Phil Klotzbach, a tropical weather researcher at Colorado State University and Capital Weather Gang contributor. "These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the hurricane center said.
The National Weather Service warned islanders that thunderstorms with torrential rainfall and strong gusty winds continued to bombard the eastern half of Puerto Rico.