Tropical Storm Chris to bring showers

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

As Beryl approached, Puerto Rico, a USA territory, was still recovering from the devastation of Maria, which struck the island on September 20, 2017, as Category 4 hurricane with maximum wind speeds of 155 miles per hour.

The storm was sitting almost still off the SC coast on Sunday, about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras.

Tropical storm warnings remain for Dominica and Guadeloupe. It will likely become a hurricane Monday afternoon or evening. "Some deterioration in sea conditions is still expected as Beryl moves over the area with swells forecast to peak around three metres (10 feet)", the Met office warned in its last advisory on the system.

However, the storm's path is expected to stay away from the New England shore.

Early Monday the storm was barely moving, drifting south at 1 miles per hour, the center said.

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

Beryl had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, but it disintegrated shortly before reaching Dominica, where many people still shelter under tarps on their roofs more than nine months after Hurricane Maria hit as a Category 5 storm and killed dozens of people. Its maximum sustained wind speeds were at 45 miles per hour.

At that point, a cold front should absorb Chris and rapidly sweep it to the north-northeast toward Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

It is said Beryl will "degenerate into a trough of low pressure" as it moves into the eastern caribbean sea by Monday. "The system can still cause a lot of damage regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane".

The storm that had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane has been losing power, but residents on islands hit hard by storms previous year stocked up on food and water Saturday and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

Tropical storm watches were in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica.

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