'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder

  • 'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder

'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder

Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands - places still recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes - early in the coming week, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday.

Chris formed off the coast of North Carolina on Friday and is now about 160 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.

However, environmental conditions are expected to become somewhat conducive for regeneration of a tropical cyclone in a few days when the remnants of Beryl are forecast to move across the Bahamas and the western Atlantic.

Forecasters think the storm will not move much for the next day or so.

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

There is a moderate risk of rip currents for most of the local beaches, except for Cramer Park beach in Saint Croix, with a high risk of rip currents, the weather service said. Its maximum sustained wind speeds were at 45 miles per hour.

Maria also inflicted significant damage on Guadeloupe, Dominica, and the U.S. Virgin Islands - all places that are expected to be drenched with several inches of rain in the coming days thanks to Beryl.

Chris may eventually impact parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland while transitioning into a strong non-tropical area of low pressure late in the week.

Tropical Storm Beryl is moving rapidly westward toward the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

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

Beryl will bring a chance of tropical storm winds to the Lesser Antilles Monday before moving to the west. It is now a minimal tropical storm, with peak winds of 40 miles per hour.

Beryl had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, then it disintegrated as a tropical storm shortly before reaching Dominica.