Tropical Storm Chris continues to strengthen

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The National Hurricane Center said in a 11 a.m. advisory that Tropical Storm Chris is located about 215 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C., with sustained winds of 60 mph and is stationary.

While Chris remains off the coast, the NHC explained that there were dangers posed to those in the water near land, including life-threatening surf swells and rip currents.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Many North Carolina beaches were closed due to heavy surf and risky currents caused by the storm, the governor's office said.

Buttrick said local impacts may include building seas and an increased risk for rip currents, but strong winds and rainfall won't be a concern.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become category 1 hurricane at some point Monday.

Beryl has weakened significantly as it moves across the Eastern Caribbean under the watchful eyes and cautious preparations of officials from several islands.

The US National Hurricane Centre said: “Chris has been almost stationary the past several hours, and little motion is expected during the next day or so.

Beryl was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm over the weekend, but could pick up strength as it moves through the Bahamas.

Meteorologist Odalys Martinez said in a phone interview that conditions in Puerto Rico would deteriorate late Sunday, with up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain possible.

Hurricane Maria dealt a vicious blow when it hit Puerto Rico on September 20 with winds close to 150 miles per hour (240 kph), knocking out the island's already teetering electric grid and water supply.

They say the Canadian Hurricane Centre is monitoring the situation and that updates will be issued as more information becomes available. "While we do not expect major impacts from this storm, we will continue to watch it closely".

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