20,000 lose power in Puerto Rico storm


The storm is expected to generate high surf and unsafe rip currents from North Carolina to ME, according to The Weather Channel.

The tropical storm, now building near the Carolinas, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday and will most likely remain offshore for two to three days, forecasters said.

Chris is expected to begin moving late Tuesday to the northeast and pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday, the center said.

Meanwhile, the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl have brought heavy rainfall and strong winds to the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the northern Leeward Islands.

Officials in Puerto Rico say more than 20,000 customers have lost power due to the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, which is hitting the island with rains and gusty winds. Wind gusts of 40-60 miles per hour may produce isolated power outages and minor tree damage, mainly over Guadeloupe and/or Dominica.

"We have to continue to take the situation very seriously", he said in a public address.

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The consistent southerly winds will keep morning showers and afternoon storms in the forecast throughout the work week.

The storm was forecast to weaken into a low-pressure system Monday by the time it reaches seas just south of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September.

Many North Carolina beaches were closed due to heavy surf and unsafe currents caused by the storm, the governor's office said. The NWS said 2 to 4 inches of rain could cause small stream and urban flooding. There weren't any coastal watches or warnings as of early Monday.

The Carolinas could see their first hurricane of the season on Monday, as Tropical Storm Chris strengthens. A state of emergency was in effect, the statement said.

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

Beryl has a low chance of reforming into a cyclone, with the possibility of reformation at 30 percent within the next five days, the National Hurricane Center said. He asked some 60,000 residents who still don't have sturdy roofs following last year's damaging hurricane season to go to a shelter or stay with relatives until conditions improved, the report added.