TS Chris to become hurricane off NC coast

TS Chris to become hurricane off NC coast

TS Chris to become hurricane off NC coast

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the government has opened 42 shelters for citizens to obtain relief from Beryl at the demand of mayors across the island.

Elsewhere in the tropical Atlantic, Beryl - once a hurricane - has weakened substantially on approach to the Lesser Antilles.

Jose Alamo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Associated Press that 1 to 5 inches (3 to 13 centimeters) of rain fell across Puerto Rico.

A statement from the Cabinet indicated that based on the 11:00 pm Sunday advisory from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), which lifted the tropical storm watch on the Eastern Caribbean island the all clear was given at 6:00 am today.

McNoldy noted the simultaneous presence of two July tropical storms, Beryl and Chris, hasnt happened since 2011, when Bret and Cindy roamed the Atlantic.

The risk from rain and wind was particularly acute for the about 60,000 people with blue tarps on their homes, the aftereffects of Hurricane Maria last September.

The National Weather Service issued an alert warning that heavy showers and winds of more than 50 miles per hour (80 kph) were approaching Puerto Rico's east coast Monday morning.

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

"Definitely, we were spared the worst", he said.

The official death count from the hurricane is 64, but a study by Harvard University and Puerto Rico's Carlos Albizu University estimated there were as many as 4,645 hurricane-related deaths, many of them attributable to the collapse of the electric power grid.

Puerto Rico's east coast was the most affected even as people in that region struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria. "We fear any little rain and any little wind". "We don't have the money to spend on zinc roofing".

The storm, 150 miles south of Cape Hatteras, packs maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Forecasters expect it will gain hurricane strength before moving up Gulfstream waters on a path that could cause life-threatening surf on East Coast beaches this week.

Barbados discontinued the tropical storm watch for Beryl, while a tropical storm warning remained in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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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