Tropical Storm Chris brings rough surf to North Carolina coast

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YABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) - The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl rushed over Dominica but then dissipated, lessening the threat to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which had braced for heavy rains and strong winds less than a year after being battered by hurricanes.

Sustained winds were around 70 miles per hour at the time of the NHC report, and the storm was stationary.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect, but forecasters said swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce risky surf and rip currents. Eventually, the system is forecast to move northeast by mid-week into the open waters of the Atlantic.

Beryl is expected to produce storm total rain accumulations of 2 to 3 inches through Tuesday across the Leeward and the Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico. People on islands across the region had rushed to stock up on food and water and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

The state of emergency imposed on Dominica in anticipation of Tropical Storm Beryl has been discontinued.

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Remnants of Beryl, the Atlantic season's first hurricane, brought heavy winds and rains to Puerto Rico Monday, resulting in landslides and power outages.

"The entire government of Puerto Rico is on alert for the passage of Beryl's remnants, and heavy rain is expected in the local area", Ricardo Rossello, governor of the U.S. territory, wrote on Facebook.

There was no early word on damage from the storm on Dominica. On Twitter, Klotzbach points out that Chris is way ahead of the normal named storm pattern in the Atlantic by more than a month.

Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told residents to store water because the government would shut down the water system as a precaution. He urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or to one of 24 government shelters. "They're the ones who are suffering the most now". The remnants of Beryl are now over the Northeastern Caribbean Sea. Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electrical grid and caused the deaths of an untold number of people.

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