Tropical storm Chris is third named storm of 2018 Hurricane season

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A pair of tropical systems Monday were spinning near US shores, with the remnants of Hurricane Beryl threatening to bring flooding rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and Tropical Storm Chris lurking off the Carolina coast.

Increased swells were expected for the coasts of North Carolina and mid-Atlantic states, with the warning: “These swells could case life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”.

"Beryl's remnants should move away from Puerto Rico on Monday night, ending the threat of widespread heavy rainfall and gusty winds by early Tuesday", said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Chris had winds of 70 mph and was located about 215 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Forecasters at NHC expect the remnants to move west-northwestward for the next day or so, passing over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today, and over Hispaniola tonight.

While increasing in strength, the storm is forecast to remain far enough offshore that its wind and rain avoid the Mid-Atlantic coastline.

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"We have to continue to take the situation very seriously", he said in a public address.

Some 60,000 people in the USA territory still have only tarps for roofs blown off by Maria, and more than 1,500 customers are still without power more than nine months after the storm. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up unsafe surf and rip tides. Chris is expected to strengthen by Monday night, and become a hurricane by Tuesday, according to the NHC. Rain amounts of 1-2 inches with localized amounts of 4-6 inches can lead to localized flash flooding and mudslides.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello met with his Cabinet and weather experts on Sunday to prepare for Beryl's arrival, Rossello's office said in a statement.

Meantime, the state of emergency and curfew implemented in Dominica on Saturday evening, ahead of a potential impact by Beryl, was discontinued yesterday morning.

Tropical formation chances were 10 percent over the next 48 hours and 50 percent over the next five days.

As the third named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Chris developed more than a month ahead of normal.

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