Tropical Storm Chris likely to strengthen into a hurricane Monday

This satellite image shows Tropical Storm Beryl on Sunday

This satellite image shows Tropical Storm Beryl on Sunday

As Beryl approached, Puerto Rico, a USA territory, was still recovering from the devastation of Maria, which struck the island on September 20, 2017, as Category 4 hurricane with maximum wind speeds of 155 miles per hour. Wind gusts of 40-60 miles per hour may produce isolated power outages and minor tree damage, mainly over Guadeloupe and/or Dominica. "The system can still cause a lot of damage, regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane".

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico - The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl rushed over Dominica but then dissipated, lessening the threat to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which had braced for heavy rains and strong winds less than a year after being battered by hurricanes. As of Sunday evening, Chris was about 180 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph.

Some deterioration in sea-conditions is still expected as Beryl moves over the area, with swells forecast to peak at around 3.0 m (10ft).

The hurricane center said most forecast models are on board with this scenario, but some take Chris away from the US faster than others.

The hurricane center cautioned those along the coast to keep an eye on Chris but think its worst weather will stay offshore.

The weather service expects those rain bands to periodically affect the Outer Banks through tonight.

A flash flood watch will be in effect for Monday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm has barely moved since Saturday but was likely to strengthen in the coming days.

High surf and risky rip currents are expected along parts of the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts through early week.

The tropical storm, which was named Sunday morning, is expected to continue gaining strength as it hovers over the Gulf stream's warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean, AccuWeather.com reports.

The storm still had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) late Sunday afternoon.