Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean

This satellite image shows Tropical Storm Beryl on Sunday

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 was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras and was moving east-southeast at 2 mph (4 kph).

Tropical Storm Beryl has increased in speed but not in strength, and is expected to pass "a safe distance" south of the British Virgin Islands when the territory begins to experience storm conditions later today into Monday, July 9.

"On this present position and the latest available forecast track Tropical Storm Beryl no longer poses a direct threat to Barbados".

Still, Chris will "stir rough seas" along the central East Coast with heavy rains, thunderstorms and flash flooding also possible, AccuWeather.com forecasts.

However, the storm's path is expected to stay away from the New England shore.

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The next hurricane advisory is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday.

Forecasters warned that the US territory could see between 15 to 25 miles per hour (25 to 40 kph) winds, as well as heavy rains that could cause flooding and mudslides.

At that point, a cold front should absorb Chris and rapidly sweep it to the north-northeast toward Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. "Gradual weakening is anticipated during the next 36 hours, and Beryl is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Monday". The storm could make landfall as a tropical storm early Friday in far northeastern Canada.

Any of these passing showers or storms will be capable of producing periods of heavy downpours, rumbles of thunder and lightning and gusty winds up to 30-40 miles per hour. Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.

Rains of up to five inches are possible in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Tuesday, according to the NHC.

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