Chris to kick up surf; no real threat

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A third named Atlantic storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, while Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to threaten Puerto Rico.

Elsewhere, the remnants of storm Beryl were producing strong gusty winds and areas of heavy rain over the north-central Caribbean Sea, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The Category 5 hurricane caused more than an estimated $100 billion in damage, killed dozens of people by the most conservative estimates and destroyed up to 75 percent of Puerto Rico's electricity transmission lines.

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Chris had winds of 60 miles per hour, making it a strong tropical storm.

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"Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a press conference late Saturday that the island could experience power outages and urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or a government shelter".

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about people still living with tarps on their roofs after Hurricane Maria.

"Our hope is that we get a little rain", he said Sunday night.

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Beryl on July 9 at 2:35 a.m. EDT (0635 UTC) and analyzed the storm in infrared light.

No coastal watches or warnings were in place for Chris as of Sunday.

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Although it is not expected to head toward North Carolina, Chris will churn up the seas, making for a high surf and unsafe rip currents as well as high winds. The storm could make landfall as a tropical storm early Friday in far northeastern Canada.

Aside from Chris, the only other prospect for tropical storm activity in the Atlantic is from the weather disturbance, which was, at one point, Hurricane Beryl. Wind associated with the remnants are expected to drop below gale-force later tonight or Monday morning.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the center of the storm was 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, at 5 a.m. Monday and was ever so slowly - about 1 mph - drifting north.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz shared images of flooding in the US commonwealth's capital city and Rivera said the island had begun to experience mudslides.

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