A tropical storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, forecasters said, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico.
Chris is centered about 200 miles SSE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and moving south at 1 mph.
Tropical storm watch was also in effect for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Barts, Barbados, St. Lucia, Saba and St. Eustatius.
Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about people still living with tarps on their roofs after Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm past year, killing dozens of people.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has declared a state of emergency and suspended work for Monday, on the island where Hurricane Maria caused some US$100-billion worth of damage.
Puerto Ricos governor had feared new power outages if Beryl passed near his island as a tropical storm as originally forecast.
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The storm probably won't bring any wind or rain, but Schroeter said a cold front moving in tomorrow will help keep temperatures low during the week. It's expected to remain "well offshore" of the USA coast, forecasters say, instead heading for Newfoundland, Canada.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged people to stay inside and observe a curfew.
Now, meteorologists expect the storm to turn into a full-fledged hurricane by Monday night, as it continues to intensify over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.
The National Hurricane Centre said redevelopment was unlikely in the next few days but warned that the disturbance could strengthen into a tropical cyclone again later this week. Max sustained winds are around 50 miles per hour and the storm is stationary off the coast.
There was high threat of unsafe rip currents north of Cape Lookout, according to the National Weather Service's Newport/Morehead City office. The projected path should take it northeast, keeping it offshore, but it will most likely remain stationary through Tuesday.