Stationary Tropical Storm Chris forecast to become hurricane

Stationary Tropical Storm Chris forecast to become hurricane

Stationary Tropical Storm Chris forecast to become hurricane

In its April forecast, the Colorado State University team said there would be 14 named storms, seven of which would develop into hurricanes - three of them major.

As of 5 p.m. ET Thursday, Beryl had winds of 50 miles per hour and was moving to the west at 16 miles per hour. Tropical storm watches were in place in Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius, according to the hurricane center.

Meanwhile, another storm, Tropical Depression 3, is crawling over the Atlantic about 150 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Swells generated by the system were expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic states into early next week, forecasters said, and rip current conditions may be possible.

Last year, there were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria which devastated some parts of the Caribbean.

Although Beryl has lost strength and is expected to gradually weaken, forecasters said it will produce strong winds and heavy rainfall across the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola through Tuesday. He also urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or one of 24 government shelters that have opened.

Satellite imagery indicates a tropical depression has strengthened to become Tropical Storm Beryl. 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.

"I'm praying for all the brothers who are still living under a plastic roof", said 79-year-old Alfonso Lugo in the southeastern Puerto Rico town of Humacao.

In explaining the changed forecast, they note that the tropical Atlantic is much colder than normal.

The second system, located about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours as it moves westward over the tropical Atlantic, the NHC said. Chris is expected to become a hurricane early this coming week as it travels along the East Coast, but stays offshore.

Beryl has continued to show signs of weakening, and is no longer a hurricane or tropical storm.

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