Environment Canada issues statement for the Maritimes about Tropical Storm Chris

Environment Canada issues statement for the Maritimes about Tropical Storm Chris

As of 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), the storm was about 215 miles (350 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Sustained winds were around 70 miles per hour at the time of the NHC report, and the storm was stationary.

Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Chris to gain strength as it hovers off the Carolina coast Monday.

At least 24,000 homes and businesses were in the dark in Puerto Rico as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl brought rain and strong winds to the island.

"Literally nobody on the East Coast will have a direct impact", Osterberg explained, warning that it could still cause high and life-threatening surf along the coast of the Carolinas and New England.

Tropical storm watches were in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica.

The second named storm of this year's hurricane season is now "meandering" off the Carolinas, says an advisory issued early Monday morning by the USA hurricane centre.

The storm was expected to move toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, or just south of those areas, on Monday.

While the storm is expected to remain away from land, it's still kicking up the surf during the peak summer beach season along the East Coast. The storm could make landfall as a tropical storm early Friday in far northeastern Canada.

Though Tropical Storm Chris is likely to become better organized and turn into a hurricane by Monday afternoon, it should not affect the Triangle.

"Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a press conference late Saturday that the island could experience power outages and urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or a government shelter".

A tropical storm warning was issued for Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria in September as a Category 5 storm.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Beryl - the second named storm of this season - is expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend.