Tropical Storm Chris could affect East Coast

Tropical Storm Chris could affect East Coast
National Hurricane Center
Tropical Storm Chris sits off the North Carolina coast while the remnants of Beryl douse portions of the Caribbean with heavy rain on Monday, July 9, 2018.

Tropical Storm Chris will likely intensify into a hurricane over the next few days, but the National Hurricane Center expects the storm will head further out to sea instead of making landfall on the East Coast.

The storm is expected to generate high surf and dangerous rip currents from North Carolina to Maine, according to The Weather Channel.

Chris is expected to remain stalled off the coast of North Carolina at least until Tuesday. High pressure, bringing more heat into the Midwest and East, will combine with a southward dip in the jet stream that will push the storm further out to sea.

The Weather Channel forecasts high surf and dangerous currents to spread from parts of the North Carolina coast up along the mid-Atlantic and New England seaboards through Thursday. The area is also expected to experience gusty winds.

Some rain showers stemming from the storm could pass through the Outer Banks area of North Carolina through Tuesday night.

Chris could eventually impact parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland by Friday after transitioning into a strong, non-tropical area of high pressure.

Meanwhile, the remnants of Beryl will continue to bring rain and gusty winds to parts of the northeastern Caribbean, and The Weather Channel said there is a chance the storm could regenerate into a tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Ocean in the days ahead.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Monday evening. The NWS said 2 to 4 inches of rain could cause small stream and urban flooding.