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Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands - places still recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes - early in the coming week, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday.

While Chris remains off the coast, the NHC explained that there were dangers posed to those in the water near land, including life-threatening surf swells and rip currents.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) to the north of the center.

A flash-flood watch remained in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from late Sunday through Monday evening, NWS San Juan said on Twitter. For now, it could bring high surf and a rip current threat to the Carolina coast.

At noon today, Chris was 594 miles west of Bermuda, with winds of about 46mph and higher gusts.

The Canadian Hurricane Center says they're closely monitoring the storm and will be regularly providing updates on the track and intensity of the system.

The forecast predicts two to three inches of rain through Tuesday for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands.

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. The storm formerly known as Beryl passed over the Lesser Antilles Sunday and entered the Caribbean as a remnant.

Tropical Storm Chris is continuing to gain strength this morning.

Though Tropical Storm Chris is likely to become better organized and turn into a hurricane by Monday afternoon, it should not affect the Triangle.

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

The remnants of Beryl looked set on Monday to bring 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm) of rain to Puerto Rico, which is still trying to recover from hurricanes that walloped the USA territory a year ago, causing an estimated $90 billion in damage.

Tropical Storm Beryl at the Caribbean's doorstep; Heavy rain forecast for Puerto Rico

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