Caribbean islands brace for weakened but dangerous Tropical Storm Beryl

Audrey Hill
July 13, 2018

Though the storm is far from the strength of major Hurricanes Maria and Irma previous year, Beryl still posed a threat of wind and rain to areas that have not fully recovered from those destructive storms.

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. The storm is, however, forecast to maintain this strength as it heads west over the next day, prompting tropical storm warnings for Dominica and Guadeloupe, where gusty winds and one to three inches of rain are possible. Nearly four inches of rain were reported without any significant events reported.

"Definitely, we were spared the worst", he said.

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

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.

Officials say large trees have fallen and blocked several roads, one river has burst its banks and a landslide has been reported in the northern town of Naranjito.

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

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

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The remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl are moving west-northwestward at 26 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles, according to the 5 p.m. EDT post.

Marshall Alexander, with Dominica's Meteorological Service, told the AP that no landslides or widespread flooding were reported.

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

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to strengthen and remain off the Carolinas' coast Sunday as Beryl weakened to remnants of a storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. 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.

As of Monday afternoon, there were almost 13,000 power outages, a total that included customers who remain without service since Hurricane Maria last September, according to Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

No coastal watches or warnings are effect because of Chris.

"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 USA territory, wrote on Facebook yesterday.

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

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