Tropical Storm Chris Forecast to Become a Hurricane Early This Week

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A man died in the rough surf in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on Saturday, when Chris was still a tropical depression. Barbados' government removed at tropical storm watch.

At 11a.m. Tropical Storm Beryl was located about 130 miles or 210 kilometres northeast of Barbados.

The storm was traveling west-northwest at 26 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, meteorologists said Sunday evening.

At noon today, Chris was 594 miles west of Bermuda, with winds of about 46mph and higher gusts.

While the storm was not expected to make landfall as of Sunday afternoon, it will bring "life threatening" rough surf and risky rip currents along the East Coast, the weather service said.

"Based on the current track by the National Hurricane Center, it looks to be tracking well southeast of Nantucket", Buttrick said.

"Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states into early next week", the advisory said, adding that some of the resulting conditions could be life-threatening.

The storm was expected to move toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, or just south of those areas, on Monday.

Tropical storm watches were in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Beryl is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure as it moves across the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday. A tropical storm warning is already in effect for that area, with hurricane conditions possible beginning on Tuesday.

Environment Canada issued a tropical cyclone information statement saying that Tropical Storm Chris is expected to move northeastward from Carolina and gain strength by Tuesday.

Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency.

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