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Tropical Storm Chris expected to become hurricane later today

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane by Monday night, bringing dangerous rip currents and high surf off the coasts of North Carolina to Maine.

Chris was stalled off the coast of North Carolina Monday with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued an advisory saying the storm was expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Monday night. Hurricane force winds range from 74 miles per hour until 110 miles per hour, when the storm then becomes classified as a major hurricane. 

Hurricane Beryl no threat to T&T

Hurricane Beryl, the first Atlantic hurricane for this season, is at this point posing no serious threat to Trinidad and Tobago and any island in the Caribbean.

Both the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami and the local Meteorological Office have not issued warnings or watches connected to the hurricane.

As at 5 am today, the centre of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 45.1 West. Beryl and was moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h).

The NHC says a faster west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend. 

Tropical Wave now given 70% chance of development in 48 hours

The National Hurricane Centre in Miami, is placing greater emphasis on an approaching Tropical Wave, which now has a 70 percent chance of developing into an organised system.

It notes, however, that while the development is expected over the next two days, the conditions by the weekend make it less conducive for further development.

In a bulletin issued this afternoon, the NHC says shower activity associated with a small area of low pressure and a tropical wave located about 1000 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to become better organized. 

Approaching Tropical Wave can develop into cyclonic system

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service says a tropical wave that's expected to pass over the region on Sunday, has a chance of developing cyclonic activity within the next 48 hours.

The announcement came as part of an outlook issued by the Met Office today, from Thurday through Sunday.

It states that tonight will be mostly hazy with the odd shower mainly after midnight.

Thursday is expected to be generally sunny and hazy conditions despite a few brief showers.

Tropical Wave to pass over T&T tomorrow

Even as residents of north and east Trinidad continued to clean up after extensive weekend floods, the T&T Meteorological Office announced that another tropical wave will be passing over T&T on Tuesday.

Forecaster Anton Wiltshire said the axis of the tropical wave will pass over T&T around 8 am.

However, he said the estimated rainfall will be about 15 mm so river levels will not experience significant impact.

Met Office: Weather improvements by late morning tomorrow

The heavy rain that dominated most of the last three days should be done by tomorrow, according to the forecast by the Met Office.

The Met Office says patchy cloudiness with showers will occur in varying localities mainly after midnight but notes that there is just a 40% chance of thunderstorm activity in few areas towards dawn.

It says that tomorrow, showers will occur in varying localities with improvement expected after late morning.

Thundershowers likely tomorrow morning; ODPM urges citizens to stay alert

The Adverse Weather Alert issued by the Met Office today expired at 4 pm but the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is calling on the nation to get ready and stay ready for inclement weather.

The Met Office has advised that tonight is expected to be cloudy with occasional overnight showers.

Tomorrow is expected to be cloudy at times with intermittent showers in varying localities.

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