MIAMI — Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the US coast for two or three days. The National Hurricane Center said the storm’s center was about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds reached 45 miles per hour.
No coastal watches or warnings were in effect, but forecasters said swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce dangerous surf and rip currents. Chris is the third named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm, was expected to dump heavy rain on the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend.
Residents of Caribbean islands hit hard by storms last year stocked up on food and water. A tropical storm warning was posted on Guadeloupe and Dominica, while a tropical storm watch was issued for the French Caribbean territories.
Puerto Rico’s governor warned power outages were likely; the island is still recovering from last year’s storm.