Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the USA coast for the next two or three days.

Dominica and Guadeloupe remain on tropical storm warning while Martinique, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten are on tropical storm watch. At 11 a.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Tropical Storm Beryl (center right) moving across the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and Tropical Storm Chris (top left) off the US East Coast.

As Chris spins over relatively warm water it will gradually strengthen possibly becoming a hurricane late Monday evening or early Tuesday as it eventually heads to the NNE, staying away from land.

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Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

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

However, a small craft warning remains in effect for Barbados until 6a.m. Monday.

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

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Beryl is expected to remain on its current path, crossing the Lesser Antilles on Sunday and the island chain Sunday night, and proceeding near or south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday. according to the NHC.

Tuesday a weak area of high pressure could move over Acadiana dropping rain chances down to about 20-30% but every other day this week rain chances will be up around 40-60% during the afternoon hours. On average, the third storm forms August 13, said Phil Klotzbach, a tropical weather researcher at Colorado State University and Capital Weather Gang contributor.

Forecasters say the storm's remnants are expected to produce 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rain, with up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated areas.

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