Depression meanders off Carolina coastline; Beryl continues to weaken

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

After the storm passes through the Caribbean early next week, "there appears to be an opportunity for the remnants of Beryl to regenerate into a tropical cyclone when the system moves through the Bahamas and into the southwestern Atlantic", the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Depression Three has strengthened to Tropical Storm Chris off the coast of North Carolina Sunday morning.

Further strengthening of the storm is likely, and Chris is expected to become a hurricane by mid-week.

As of Sunday at 8 a.m., Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and was moving west-northwest at 20 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles.

Hurricane hunters were scheduled to investigate a tropical depression off the Carolina coastline overnight Saturday.

About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Hurricane Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.

The new forecast predicts 11 named storms, four hurricanes, one of which would be major. Tropical storm watches were in place in Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius, according to the hurricane center.

But since then the anomalously cooler tropical Atlantic has come into focus, with Klotzbach himself saying that "Prospects for a second straight busy hurricane season have diminished markedly" as a result of the cooler than normal seas.

An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft dispatched into the center of the storm found that sustained winds are near 40 mph, and extend up to 60 miles from the center of the storm.

"We are in a vulnerable state", he said.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but forecasters say swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce risky surf and rip current conditions.

"As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them". It was located about 1,295 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea.

It is now 240 miles east of Barbados and 340 miles east of Martinique.

"Swells generated by Chris are expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states during the next few days", the NHC said.

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