TS Beryl disintegrates as heads for Caribbean

LIAT continues to monitor Tropical Storm Beryl which is currently moving towards the Lesser Antilles

LIAT continues to monitor Tropical Storm Beryl which is currently moving towards the Lesser Antilles

"Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect for portions of the Lesser Antilles, where Beryl is forecast to bring impacts from wind and rainfall to some of the islands beginning late today or tonight", the National Hurricane Center said in a statement.

Chris was upgraded from a tropical depression to a tropical storm on Sunday.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about those still living with tarps on their roofs after Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm previous year, killing dozens of people.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system's winds would fall below gale force during the night as it headed on a path expected to take it south of those islands. "Our hope is that we get a little rain", he said.

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the US coast for the next two or three days. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up unsafe surf and rip tides.

A tropical storm warning is up on Guadeloupe and Dominica, while a tropical storm watch has been issued for the French Caribbean territories of Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barts as well as St. Maarten, Barbados, St. Lucia, Saba and St. Eustatius. "There was a lot of buying". Government officials had said they were most anxious about those still living with tarps on their roofs. He urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or to one of 24 government shelters. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now".

"Lugo lost his roof and two walls to Maria, and was waiting on Sunday for volunteers to secure his new roof before Beryl arrives".

Forecasters say the storm's remnants are expected to produce 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rain, with up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated areas.

The hurricane center said Beryl's remnant had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) late Sunday and was moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour (43 kph).

The National Weather Service (NWS) maintained a hazardous weather outlook for Puerto Rico, the USA territory still recovering from the devastation wrought a year ago by Hurricane Maria, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. It was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras and was moving east-southeast at 2 mph (4 kph). Tropical storms can have winds reaching 73 miles per hour. It was expected to remain nearly stationary over the next few days before growing to hurricane force and moving to the northeast.

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