Beryl dissipates: State of emergency, curfew lifted for Dominica

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Packing winds of 60 mph, Chris is positioned 215 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Gradual intensification is forecast over the next one to two days, and the National Hurricane Center predicts that Chris will reach hurricane strength by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

There were no hurricane or storm watches or warnings posted Monday morning, but forecasters said Sunday that Chris will bring "life threatening" rough surf and unsafe rip currents along the East Coast.

Tropical Storm Chris will likely intensify into a hurricane over the next few days, but the National Hurricane Center expects the storm will head further out to sea instead of making landfall on the East Coast.

In the Caribbean, a tropical storm warning was up on Guadeloupe and Dominica and long lines were reported at grocery stores on several islands as people shopped for food and water. The storm brewing so close to our coast means we will deal with an elevated risk of rip currents today as well as rough surf and a strong longshore current.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that the island could experience power outages when the storm's remnants passed over on Monday. Chris is forecast to meander off the coast of North Carolina for another day before beginning to accelerate northeast into the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday and Thursday.

Chris is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Monday.

The Meteorological Service of Barbados has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for Dominica.

Though the storm is far from the strength of major Hurricanes Maria and Irma past year, Beryl still posed a threat of wind and rain to areas that have not fully recovered from those destructive storms. A state of emergency was in effect, the statement said.

Chris is now about 160 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.

The National Weather Service warned islanders that thunderstorms with torrential rainfall and strong gusty winds continued to bombard the eastern half of Puerto Rico.

Environment Canada's latest advisory says that "by late Tuesday or early Wednesday this storm could attain hurricane status".

Storm Chris was upgraded from Tropical Depression Three to Tropical Storm less than 48 hours after the first named hurricane, Beryl, appeared.

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