Tropical Storm Beryl disintegrates as it zips to Caribbean

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

National Hurricane Center monitoring two tropical disturbances

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Chris is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by Monday but will remain well away from the USA coast for the next two or three days.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will experience heavy rainfall and gusty winds associated with Beryl's remnants today, according to the NHC.

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

Off the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris was centered about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph). Chris is forecasted to become a hurricane over the next few days.

The town of Kill Devil Hills said in a news release a man in his mid-60s was reported missing in the rough surf around 12:15 p.m. on Saturday on a beach where red flags were present.

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Meteorologists estimate there will be four hurricanes, 10 named storms and one major hurricane this season.

Tropical storm watches are in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. It made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a subtropical storm and ushered drenching rains across states in the South and Midwest.

"While we don't expect a direct hit to take place on Puerto Rico, even some of those outer bands. have the potential to knock out power" on the United States territory, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said.

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.

The five-day tropical weather outlook issued Wednesday by the National Hurricane Center shows activity in the central Atlantic and to the north of the territory.

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Earlier, forecasters said was likely to fizzle before becoming a threat to land.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area.

In explaining the changed forecast, they note that the tropical Atlantic is much colder than normal.

It is forecast to remain off the coast of the Carolinas for the next several days before accelerating northeast Tuesday, according to the NHC. It was moving to east-southeast at 2 miles per hour (4 kph).

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