Power outages, flooding hits Puerto Rico, USVI amid storms
13 July, 2018, 02:23 | Author: Grady King
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.
Power outages also were reported Monday on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, where officials ordered schools and government offices closed. On average, the third storm forms August 13, said Phil Klotzbach, a tropical weather researcher at Colorado State University and Capital Weather Gang contributor.
Beryl is likely to result in rain accumulations of 2 to 3 inches in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and amounts in some areas could reach 5 inches.
The National Weather Service issued an alert warning that heavy showers and winds of more than 50 miles per hour (80 kph) were approaching Puerto Rico's east coast Monday morning.
Puerto Rico's east coast was the most affected even as people in that region struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria.
Barbados discontinued the tropical storm watch for Beryl, while a tropical storm warning remained in effect for Dominica and Guadeloupe.
"It was a rather active day", he said.
There were no immediate reports on any damage on Dominica from the latest storm.
After the storm passes through the Caribbean early this week, "there appears to be an opportunity for the remnants of Beryl to regenerate into a tropical cyclone when the system moves through the Bahamas and into the southwestern Atlantic", the National Hurricane Center said.
Marshall Alexander, with Dominica's Meteorological Service, told the AP that no landslides or widespread flooding were reported.
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Beryl was downgraded from a tropical storm to a remnant low pressure system on Sunday as it passed over the Lesser Antilles, the National Hurricane Center said.
"Definitely, we were spared the worst", he said. Forecasters expect it will gain hurricane strength before moving up Gulfstream waters on a path that could cause life-threatening surf on East Coast beaches this week. It was far enough out to sea that no coastal watches or warnings were in effect, even for the closest point of land, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
McNoldy noted the simultaneous presence of two July tropical storms, Beryl and Chris, hasnt happened since 2011, when Bret and Cindy roamed the Atlantic.
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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