Tropical Storm Chris likely to strengthen into a hurricane Monday

Tropical Storm Beryl, downgraded from a category one hurricane, remains on a slow course towards the Lesser Antilles. People on islands across the region stocked up on food and water and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

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

While the storm was not expected to make landfall as of Sunday afternoon, it will bring "life threatening" rough surf and risky rip currents along the East Coast, the weather service said.

Hurricane Beryl had been downgraded to a tropical storm by Sunday and was still on track toward Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean islands. "The system can still cause a lot of damage regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane".

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello met with his Cabinet and meteorological experts on Sunday to prepare for Beryl's arrival, Rossello's office said in a statement. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now".

At 11a.m. Tropical Storm Beryl was located about 130 miles or 210 kilometres northeast of Barbados.

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High surf and risky rip currents are expected along parts of the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts through early week. Tropical Storm Beryl, downgraded from a category one hurricane, remains on a slow course towards the Lesser Antilles.

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system's winds would fall below gale force during the night as it headed on a path expected to take it south of those islands.

N.H.C. said this morning that interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic should monitor the progress of Beryl. Maximum sustained winds have reached 45 miles per hour (75 kph).

National Weather Service meteorologist Carlos Anselmi told the AP that 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) of rain was expected across Puerto Rico, with double that in isolated areas.

The hurricane center said Beryl's remnant had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) late Sunday and was moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour (43 kph).

Chris has barely moved since Saturday and is not expected to make any significant movement for the next few days.

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