Beryl dissipates: State of emergency, curfew lifted for Dominica

Rain and storm winds blowing trees

Rain and storm winds blowing trees

Tropical Storm Chris, which is spinning a couple of hundreds of miles off the North Carolina coast, is expected to turn into a hurricane Tuesday, but forecasters say it shouldn't affect the lives of Robeson County residents - unless they have a beach trip coming soon.

The remnants of Beryl, the Atlantic season's first hurricane, brought heavy winds and rain to Puerto Rico resulting in power outages and mudslides in areas of the island still recovering from Hurricane Maria on Monday. Besides high seas and rip currents along the North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts, Chris is not a threat to the continental United States. Chris is continuing to gain forward speed today, now moving northeast at a quick 22 miles per hour. It's expected to become a hurricane late Monday or on Tuesday and then head out to sea, potentially clipping Atlantic Canada as a tropical storm later in the week.

Though the storm is far from the strength of major Hurricanes Maria and Irma past year, Beryl still posed a threat of wind and rain to areas that have not fully recovered from those destructive storms.

A tropical storm warning is up on Guadeloupe and Dominica, while a tropical storm watch has been issued for the French Caribbean territories of Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barts as well as St. Maarten, Barbados, St. Lucia, Saba and St. Eustatius. It also dumped torrential rain in the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, with the National Weather Service warning of high winds and fallen trees and light posts. The island has imposed a curfew and officials warn that the water system will be shut down as a preventive measure.

Disorganized thunderstorms and gusty winds associated with the remnants of Beryl will move over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday, and over Hispaniola on Monday night.

Marshall Alexander, with Dominica's Meteorological Service, told the AP that no landslides or widespread flooding were reported.

About 60,000 homes were still covered by tarps after Hurricane Maria destroyed roofs, and several temporary bridges were still in place.

"I'm praying for all the brothers who are still living under a plastic roof", said Alfonso Lugo in the southeastern Puerto Rico town of Humacao. "The system can still cause a lot of damage, regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane". Government officials had said they were most anxious about those still living with tarps on their roofs.

Lugo lost his roof and two walls to Maria and was waiting for volunteers to secure his new roof before Beryl.

The storm is now 150 miles south of Cape Hatteras, NC.

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