Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants

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SUNDAY 8.55pm UPDATE: Beryl, which had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, disintegrated as a tropical storm shortly before reaching Dominica on Sunday.

But not for a day or two.

Chris was stationary about 180 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the NHC 5 p.m. EDT advisory.

What's the path for Chris?

Dominicas government had said it would shut down the water system during the storms pass as a precautionary measure to lessen possible damage. Then it is expected to turn to the northeast and speed away from the USA on Wednesday and Thursday.

Environment Canada has issued a Tropical Cyclone Information Statement for all of Nova Scotia and parts of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

In the next couple of days, "long-term swells. will cause an enhanced risk for development of risky rip currents through, at least, the middle of the week", the weather service said.

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A number of beaches along the Outer Banks on Sunday are not open for swimmers. "The strongest winds would typically be offshore on the other side of the storm, but it's still very, very early".

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.

By the end of the work week Chris should pick up speed and race off towards the north Atlantic sea where it will weaken as it moves over cooler waters.

Residents are being told to brace for unstable weather as the British Virgin Islands begins to experience the effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl.

However, Beryl may not be over and done with.

"As some drier air builds in, rain chances will be a little lower at 30 percent for Tuesday through Thursday", Bridges said.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a public address that the storm's track and intensity could still change and urged people to remain alert.

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