Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

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Hurricane Beryl had been downgraded to a tropical storm by Sunday and was still on track toward Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean islands.

Beryl, which had weakened to a tropical storm from a hurricane on Saturday, degenerated on Sunday into an open wave, according to the NHC. It was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras and was moving east-southeast at 2 mph (4 kph).

Still, Chris will "stir rough seas" along the central East Coast with heavy rains, thunderstorms and flash flooding also possible, AccuWeather.com forecasts.

They say storm could attain hurricane status by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Any of these passing showers or storms will be capable of producing periods of heavy downpours, rumbles of thunder and lightning and gusty winds up to 30-40 miles per hour. It could pass near or over Nova Scotia and Newfoundland later this week, but is expected to be weaker then.

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The hurricane center cautioned those along the coast to keep an eye on Chris but think its worst weather will stay offshore. 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. It has been a mostly stationary storm so far, sustaining maximum wind speeds close to 45 miles per hour, but is expected to remain "well offshore" of the USA coast.

"However, due to the continuing uncertainties associated with Beryl, any possible motion towards the north could bring the system closer to the islands, thus, watches or warnings cannot be ruled out", the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said in its 11am update on Sunday.

However, Beryl may not be over and done with.

As of 11:00 p.m. Sunday, the remnants of Beryl were located near latitude 15.8 North, longitude 62.4 West, N.H.C. said.

Forecasters said conditions could become a bit more favorable for the storm to regenerate later this week.

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