Extreme weather

Tropical Storm Chris near North Carolina likely to become hurricane as Beryl shrinks

Swells from the storm could affect the coasts of the North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states.

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 July, 2018, 2:56am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 July, 2018, 4:30am

A third named storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

Tropical Storm Chris was about 160 miles (257 kilometres) south of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina with sustained winds of 45mph (75kph), the NHC said in an advisory. It was seen staying well off the US coast.

“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.

Hurricane Beryl weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday. It was located about 208 miles east of Martinique, packing maximum sustained winds of 45mph, the NHC said on Sunday.

Barbados discontinued the tropical storm watch for Beryl, while a tropical storm warning remained in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.