Tropical storm watch discontinued


"Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris formed off the Carolinas, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was likely to grow into a hurricane while heading to the northeast, roughly parallel to the coast".

The storm was sitting almost still off the SC coast on Sunday, about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras.

The Carolinas could see their first hurricane of the season on Monday, as Tropical Storm Chris strengthens. Though the storm poses no threat to the US, it will cause strong rip currents along the east coast.

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However, the storm's path is expected to stay away from the New England shore.

The hurricane center said there's a medium chance - 40 percent over the next five days - that Beryl could regenerate, this time near the Bahamas. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up risky surf and rip tides. Tropical storm force winds were extending outward up to 70 miles, the center said. Interests in Atlantic Canada, including Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, should monitor the progress of Chris for potential direct impacts later next week. Beryl has weakened to a remnant low, but it will still bring gusty winds and heavy rain bands Lesser Antilles.

A Category 1 hurricane has wind speeds from 74 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour, according to the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHS).

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Environment Canada has issued a statement for Nova Scotia and parts of P.E.I. and New Brunswick, saying they could be in the path of a tropical storm that formed off the US coast Sunday morning.

A Tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica while watches for Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten, were discontinued.

Tropical storm conditions are possible in Dominica and Guadeloupe tonight, the NHC said.

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Intermittent rainstorms already were hitting Dominica early Sunday, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 centimeters) of rain could fall as the storm moves through or near the island on Sunday night.