The third named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season formed off the coast of North Carolina on Sunday, as forecasters warned beachgoers of potentially risky surf in the days ahead. Tropical storm watches were in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.
But the National Weather Service maintained a hazardous weather outlook for Puerto Rico, the US territory still recovering from the devastation wrought past year by Hurricane Maria, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl swept over Dominica on Sunday night then dissipated, easing the threat to other eastern Caribbean islands recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes. At 11 a.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up unsafe surf and rip tides.
Tropical Storm Chris formed Sunday off the NC coast and is expected to move very little over the next couple of days.
The state of emergency imposed on Dominica in anticipation of Tropical Storm Beryl has been discontinued.
The average Atlantic hurricane season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, three of them major.
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The government of Dominica said it would shut down its water system and Puerto Rico's governor warned of likely new power outages.
With the decrease in the forecast, the probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean has decreased as well, report Philip J. Klotzbach and Michael M. Bell.
The leftover bits of Beryl looked set to bring two to three inches of rain to Puerto Rico, along with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
In explaining the changed forecast, they note that the tropical Atlantic is much colder than normal. It was centred 60 miles (95 kilometres) east of Martinique and was zipping west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph). The movement as of Sunday morning is stationary, but it is expected to move east and into the open Atlantic over the next few days.
Further strengthening of the storm is likely, and Chris is expected to become a hurricane by mid-week.