Tropical Storm Chris likely to strengthen into a hurricane Monday

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The tropical storm, now building near the Carolinas, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday and will most likely remain offshore for two to three days, forecasters said.

Tropical Storm Beryl (center right) moving across the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and Tropical Storm Chris (top left) off the US East Coast. A man died in the rough surf in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on Saturday, when Chris was still a tropical depression.

The NHC forecasts the storm to meander off the coast for the next several days.

The storm that had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane has been losing power, but residents on islands hit hard by storms previous year stocked up on food and water Saturday and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl are moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles, according to the 5 p.m. EDT post.

"On this present position and the latest available forecast track Tropical Storm Beryl no longer poses a direct threat to Barbados". Thus, a small-craft warning remains in effect for Barbados until 6:00 am on Monday, July 9.

Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic areencouraged to monitor the remnants of Beryl.

After pushing across Dominica and moving into the Caribbean Sea the remnants of Beryl will encounter strong wind shear weakening the system even more but it still could produce some rainy weather with 30-40 miles per hour gusts for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island late Monday and into Tuesday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the storm's center.

Tropical storm conditions are possible in Dominica and Guadeloupe tonight, the NHC said.

By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

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