Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

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As it still moves over warmer waters, Chris will likely reach Category 1 hurricane strength with maximum winds upwards of 75 miles per hour.

A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean has strengthened into Tropical Storm Chris, which is expected to meander off the coast of the Carolinas for days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Also in the Atlantic, a tropical disturbance east of the U.S. East Coast is also being monitored by the NHC.

As of 5 p.m., it was located about 1,295 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and moving west at 16 mph.

In 2017, there were 17 named tropical storms including 10 hurricanes, of which six were major hurricanes. The front is expected to stall near Savannah, Ga., Sunday, allowing drier air to move into the Carolinas from the north.

The NHC's forecast discussion advises, however, that Beryl's small size means "there is greater uncertainty than usual regarding Beryl's intensity forecast". Dominica is now under a tropical storm warning as the worst of its weather is predicted to affect the island Sunday night.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 miles per hour with higher gusts.

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If this system can maintain strong winds, tropical storm force winds could arrive somewhere in the Leeward or Windward Islands on Sunday morning or afternoon.

Beryl had triggered a hurricane watch for Dominica and tropical storm watches for Barbados, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

A cluster of clouds and rain has developed enough to become the Atlantic hurricane season's second named storm.

Tropical Storm Beryl continues to weaken as it nears the Lesser Antilles.

The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm overnight or Sunday with additional strengthening expected after that.

Forecast models suggests Beryl could reach hurricane strength within 36 hours, but after that time increasing westerly shear is expected to cause weakening.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, spared Bermuda a year ago, but battered the Caribbean as well as the United States.