Tropical Storm Chris forms from depression off Carolina coast

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica and Guadaloupe.

Tropical Storm Chris formed Sunday off the NC coast and is expected to move very little over the next couple of days.

Beryl, "Weakening is expected once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday", forecasters said.

Satellite imagery indicates convection has persisted with enough tenacity and enough evidence of surface low pressure existence that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated the formation of Tropical Storm Beryl this afternoon.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the island of Barbados and a tropical storm watch has been posted for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. At this hour, TD2 has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and moving to the W at 16 mph. Some strengthening is possible, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today or on Friday. Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remained under a state of emergency.

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Tropical Storm Beryl has picked up speed in movement, but not winds, according to Sunday's 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm strength winds can be expected in the watch and warning areas late Sunday through Monday morning and total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches through Monday.

A separate storm could develop off the U.S. East Coast over the next few days, but isn't likely to directly impact land.

Officials said they will open 424 shelters across Puerto Rico as a preventive measure and urged people to monitor the storm's progress. And even though it's expected to weaken prior to reaching the Leeward Islands, they won't be entirely out of the woods early next week.

Hurricane hunters were scheduled to investigate a tropical depression off the Carolina coastline overnight Saturday. The storm was located about 160 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, at 5 p.m. ET Saturday.

Though the storm is far from the strength of major Hurricanes Maria and Irma a year ago, Beryl still poses a threat of wind and rain to areas that have not fully recovered from those destructive storms.

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