Chris is now a Category 2 hurricane

Chris is now a Category 2 hurricane

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.

The U.S. Virgin Islands, meanwhile, announced that schools and government offices would be closed in St. Croix. Several landslides were reported. We'll have to watch this cluster of storms later in the week for regeneration further northward. It said the system could still drop up to 2 to 3 inches (5 to eight 8) of rain, with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated spots.

Memories of Hurricane Maria haunted many along Puerto Rico's southeast coast, where La Favorita grocery store in Humacao had been swamped in 5 feet of saltwater, mud and seaweed.

A Tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica while watches for Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten, were discontinued.

"It was a rather active day", he said.

Jaime Ruiz, a 54-year-old corrections officer who lives nearby, said Monday's storm was disrupting efforts to rebuild his home that was heavily damaged by Maria.

"You worry, because you think about everything you've lost", he said.

Hurricane Chris is a weakening storm as it continues to cruise out to sea, the remnants of Beryl try to reorganize near the Bahamas. It degenerated into a rainstorm Sunday shortly before it crossed over Dominica, another island was battered by Hurricane Maria, which killed dozens of people.

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Forecasters are pushing back the timeline for when they expect Tropical Storm Chris to become a hurricane.

"I don't know what we're going to do", she said.

As the storm is positioned over very warm ocean waters, it is forecast to steadily strengthen over the next 72 hours and become a hurricane between Tuesday and Wednesday.

This image obtained from the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Beryl on July 7, 2018.

Officials in Puerto Rico say more than 20,000 customers have lost power due to the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, which is hitting the island with rains and gusty winds.

The Category 5 hurricane caused more than an estimated $100 billion in damage, killed dozens of people by the most conservative estimates and destroyed up to 75 percent of Puerto Rico's electricity transmission lines.

The NHC said this morning that the disturbance is expected to move west-north-westward for the next day or so, passing over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during the day, and over Hispaniola in the night.

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