Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants

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Walsh says the potential for flooding on the south coast depends on when the storm passes and whether it coincides with high tide.

As Chris continues to strengthen, Tropical Storm Beryl is dispersing as it "races" towards the Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center.

But not for a day or two.

Chris was stationary about 180 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the NHC 5 p.m. EDT advisory. The winds extend at least 60 miles from the eye of the storm.

The storm that had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane has been losing power, but residents on islands hit hard by storms previous year stocked up on food and water Saturday and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

Beryl is then expected to weaken, with its post-tropical remnants charting a course for Puerto Rico and following a somewhat similar path through the Caribbean as 2017's Hurricane Maria. Then it is expected to turn to the northeast and speed away from the USA on Wednesday and Thursday.

They've issued a statement for all of Nova Scotia and parts of P.E.I. and New Brunswick.

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The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of worldwide experts and rescuers, including a United States military team. A major concern of the rescuers is that oxygen levels in their safe space could fall dangerously low.

The hurricane center cautioned those along the coast to keep an eye on Chris but think its worst weather will stay offshore.

There was high threat of risky rip currents north of Cape Lookout, according to the National Weather Service's Newport/Morehead City office.

The weather service expects those rain bands to periodically affect the Outer Banks through tonight. The hurricane center said the storm was expected to generate swells that would increase in intensity along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts.

A flash flood watch will be in effect for Monday.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Beryl was located about 240 miles east of Barbados, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC said early Sunday.

However, Beryl may not be over and done with.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday.

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