Tropical storm Chris is third named storm of 2018 Hurricane season

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Storm watch.- Salt Wire Network

Canada's national forecaster says the Maritimes could be in the path of a tropical storm that formed off the USA coast Sunday morning.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm was about 215 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC, in its 5 p.m. ET report. As sunshine-filled days draw folks to the beach, expect rough surf, strong rip currents, longshore currents and steep waves from tropical storm Chris, the NWS warned Monday. La Desirade Island near Guadeloupe recently reported a sustained wind of 35 miles per hour (57 km/h) and a wind gust of 46 miles per hour (78 km/h).

A flash-flood watch was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from late Sunday through Monday evening, NWS San Juan said on Twitter.

Chris is expected to begin moving late Tuesday to the northeast and pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday, the center said.

Chris will continue to linger off of the NC coast on Tuesday. Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or to one of 24 government shelters.

A tropical storm warning had been issued for Dominica, which was battered by Category 5 Hurricane Maria in September of past year.

More than nine months after Hurricane Maria, about 1,500 people in Puerto Rico are without power on the island; about 60,000 have only tarps for roofs.

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GREENSBORO, NC -Tropical Depression Three has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Chris.

"They should not let their guard down", the prime minister said, adding that people should store water because the government will be shutting down the water system as a preventive measure.

Forecasters think the storm will not move much for the next day or so.

There was high threat of risky rip currents north of Cape Lookout, according to the National Weather Service's Newport/Morehead City office.

The most recent named storm Chris was Hurricane Chris in 2012. It said winds would fall below gale force during the night, but people on area islands should be alert for possible heavy rain that could cause flooding or mudslides.

The hurricane center cautioned those along the coast to keep an eye on Chris but think its worst weather will stay offshore.

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