Tropical Storm Chris expected to become a hurricane on Monday

Tropical Storm Chris expected to become a hurricane on Monday

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

As of Monday afternoon, there were almost 13,000 power outages, a total that included customers who remain without service since Hurricane Maria last September, according to Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

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Tropical Storm Beryl disintegrated after rushing over Dominica and into the eastern Caribbean overnight.

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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.

Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told residents to store water because the government would shut down the water system as a precaution.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about people still living with tarps on their roofs after Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rican officials declared a state of emergency Friday and urged people in flood-prone areas to seek safety. Beryl was the first named hurricane of the Atlantic season before being downgraded. The former tropical storm was racing toward the Lesser Antilles Sunday afternoon at 26 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds up to 45 miles per hour.

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Authorities said that based on the 11 p.m. advisory issued on Sunday night by the NHC, which lifted the tropical storm watch on Dominica, the all-clear was given at 6 a.m. Additional strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Chris is forecast to become a hurricane later tonight or Tuesday morning.

Increased swells were expected for the coasts of North Carolina and mid-Atlantic states, with the warning: “These swells could case life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”.

Though less powerful than before, the storm brought 2 to 4 inches of heavy rain and gusty winds to southeast Puerto Rico on Monday. Other weather systems, the presence of dry air near the storm, and ocean water temperatures all have an impact.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beryl's strength had diminished and it had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph). The same mid-level flow that will speed up Tropical Storm Chris's trek toward the northeast will also pick up the remnants of Beryl and take it back into the open water of the Atlantic, however, this is not expected to help it redevelop.

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