TS Beryl disintegrates as heads for Caribbean

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The main threat will be risky surf and rip currents along the coast of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states through the middle of the week.

The National Weather Service said on Monday that there had already been three rescues because of unsafe surf conditions. Hurricane force winds begin at 74 miles per hour, and the hurricane center expects Chris to become a hurricane late today or tonight.

Beryl is no more than an area of disorganized showers and storms this morning, but it will bring rain to the Virgin Islands and parts of Puerto Rico later today.

Beryl is expected to produce storm total rain accumulations of 2 to 3 inches through Tuesday across the Leeward and the Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico. It said winds would fall below gale force during the night, but people on area islands should be alert for possible heavy rain that could cause flooding or mudslides. The storm remains in an environment conducive for gradual strengthening, including warm water and low vertical wind shear. Then it is expected to turn to the northeast and speed away from the USA on Wednesday and Thursday.

The next advisory from the National Hurricane Center is set for 8 a.m.

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There is a "moderate risk" of enhanced rip currents developing Monday at the beaches in central and southern New Jersey and southern DE, the National Weather Service said.

A tropical storm watch for the island was discontinued at 11pm local time yesterday, with a flood warning downgraded to a flood watch at 6am today. Not this year. Two tropical storms have formed in the past four days, one briefly becoming a hurricane and the other expected to by late Monday.

Chris is meandering well off the coast of the Carolinas in the United States, and expected to reach hurricane strength later today.

A tropical storm warning had been issued for Dominica, which was battered by Category 5 Hurricane Maria in September of past year. It has the potential to reach hurricane status sometime Tuesday when it's expected to start moving in a northeast direction. A state of emergency was in effect, the statement said.

BERYL: It's now just an open wave, but the National Hurricane Center gives Beryl a 50/50 chance of regenerating near the Bahamas in three to five days as it turns northward.