Beryl Weakens to Low Pressure System as It Moves Toward Puerto Rico

Jul 13, 2018, 02:24
Beryl Weakens to Low Pressure System as It Moves Toward Puerto Rico

Hurricane Chris is a weakening storm as it continues to cruise out to sea, the remnants of Beryl try to reorganize near the Bahamas. It said the system could still drop up to 2 to 3 inches (5 to eight 8) of rain, with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated spots.

Chris, the third storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, was named Sunday morning as it gained strength off the coast of the Carolinas.

"The entire government of Puerto Rico is on alert for the passage of Beryl's remnants, and heavy rain is expected in the local area", Ricardo Rossello, governor of the U.S. territory, wrote on Facebook yesterday.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello also urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or one of 24 government shelters that had opened.

More than nine months after Hurricane Maria, about 1,500 people in Puerto Rico are without power on the island; about 60,000 have only tarps for roofs.

Meteorologist Marshall Alexander told The Associated Press that officials were anxious about those living with tarps on their roofs after Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm a year ago, killing dozens of people.

The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl continues its way over a home still using a blue tarp for a roof that was previously damaged by Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Monday, July 9, 2018.

"We are in a vulnerable state", he said.

Memories of Hurricane Maria haunted many along Puerto Rico's southeast coast, where La Favorita grocery store in Humacao had been swamped in 5 feet of saltwater, mud and seaweed.

Delia Ayala, a 57-year-old retired government secretary, walked out with three cartons of milk. "We fear any little rain and any little wind". Lourdes De Jesus, who traveled from West Springfield, Massachusetts, to help fix her mother's house in southeast Yabucoa, said the roof consists of tarp and recycled zinc and leaks even during a light storm. "We don't have the money to spend on zinc roofing".

Chris is about 215 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

The Dominica government discontinued the state of emergency it had imposed in anticipation of Tropical Storm Beryl after the system degenerated yesterday.

Hurricane Chris is churning off the Carolina Coast and strengthening.

As the storm is positioned over very warm ocean waters, it is forecast to steadily strengthen over the next 72 hours and become a hurricane between Tuesday and Wednesday.