Tropical Storm Chris to avoid New England

Tropical Storm Chris to avoid New England

Tropical Storm Chris to avoid New England

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the US coast for the next two or three days.

Located around 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, Storm Chris has sustained top winds of 60mph (95kph) according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). While the storm was still categorized as Tropical Depression 3 on Saturday, a man died when he was caught in rough surf on a North Carolina beach.

The National Hurricane Center is no longer issuing advisories on Beryl as the remnants move northwest.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that the island could experience power outages when the storm's remnants passed over on Monday.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about people still living with tarps on their roofs after Hurricane Maria. It quickly fell apart before reaching Dominica over the weekend, but continues to bring in rain in the Caribbean islands.

Hurricane Chris was an unprecedented storm in that it was only the second hurricane to stretch as far north in June as it did.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the system's winds will fall below gale force during the night as it heads on a path expected to take it south of those islands.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit had warned people to respect an island-wide curfew and remain indoors.

At noon, Chris was 566 miles west of Bermuda, with winds of about 60mph and higher gusts.

The storm is forecast to remain more or less stationary for 24 hours before zipping off to the Northeast on Tuesday into Wednesday.

"When a storm moves offshore like that, the typical conditions we can expect in a city like Halifax would be heavy rain and high surf", he explained.

Tropical storm Chris is expected to intensify to hurricane status Monday but it's still uncertain the degree of impact it will have on Nova Scotia.

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