Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Rainy pattern continues for week ahead & latest on Beryl & Chris

This graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows the projected path of Tropical Storm Beryl on Sunday This graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows the projected path of Tropical Storm Beryl on Sunday
Sandra Phillips | 09 July, 2018, 15:52

A third named Atlantic storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, while Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to threaten Puerto Rico.

While Chris is expected to become a hurricane, it will stay offshore and head to sea, according to the storm center. The storm is forecast to intensify into a hurricane over the next several days but remain off the coast before zipping off toward Newfoundland late in the week.

After the storm passes through the Caribbean early next week, "there appears to be an opportunity for the remnants of Beryl to regenerate into a tropical cyclone when the system moves through the Bahamas and into the southwestern Atlantic", the National Hurricane Center said.

While there are no current coastal watches or warnings in effect, these swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip-current conditions. It has been a mostly stationary storm so far, sustaining maximum wind speeds close to 45 miles per hour, but is expected to remain "well offshore" of the US coast.

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All the while sitting not too far off the U.S. East Coast.

In this geocolor image GOES-16 satellite image taken Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 15:00 UTC, shows Tropical Storm Beryl, center right, moving across the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Wind gusts of 40-60 miles per hour may produce isolated power outages and minor tree damage, mainly over Guadeloupe and/or Dominica. Beryl has weakened to a remnant low, but it will still bring gusty winds and heavy rain bands Lesser Antilles.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center. A tropical watch remained in effect for Dominica Sunday evening, according to the NHC.

The same amount, two to three inches, was also expected to fall on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, with up to five inches possible in some areas, through Tuesday.

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