Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

This Atlantic hurricane season will not be nearly as active as last year’s according to forecasters

El Nino may put a damper on the 2018 hurricane season, with The Weather Channel and Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project now predicting a less active storm season.

An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft dispatched into the center of the storm found that sustained winds are near 40 mph, and extend up to 60 miles from the center of the storm. Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy; Saba and St. Eustatius; and St. Maarten remain on a tropical storm watch.

The islands suffered billions of dollars' worth of damage and some fatalities when hurricanes Irma and Maria struck previous year.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical Storm Beryl moved rapidly westward early Saturday, heading for the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

A tropical storm that formed off the North Carolina coast early on Sunday was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, forecasters said, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl looked set to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico.

Chris is now 195 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It wasn't projected to directly threaten land over the next few days, though forecasters said it could kick up risky surf and rip tides.

"People are very aware, and they want to be prepared", Colon said.

But since then the anomalously cooler tropical Atlantic has come into focus, with Klotzbach himself saying that "Prospects for a second straight busy hurricane season have diminished markedly" as a result of the cooler than normal seas.

The year's first named storm, Alberto, hit in late May.

Long lines were reported Saturday at grocery stores on Dominica, Puerto Rico and elsewhere as people shopped for food and water.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris, is bobbing 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now".

Puerto Rico's governor had feared new power outages if Beryl passed near his island as a tropical storm as originally forecast.

On the forecast track, Chris was expected to show little movement through Tuesday, but begin heading northeast along the USA coast. It was stationary and only minimal movement was expected in the next few days.