Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean

Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean

Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean

Later Monday the storm is expected to head south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, whipping the island with minimal tropical storm-force winds as it continues to weaken.

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to strengthen as it hovers off the coast of the Carolinas for the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and is forecast to accelerate northeastward on Wednesday and Thursday.

While the forecast for tropical storm and hurricane activity levels in the Atlantic have diminished, storm numbers alone do not really matter as it is the intensity of any storms that form, as well as where they are steered towards that drives the potential for insurance, reinsurance and ILS or catastrophe bond market losses.

As of 5 p.m. ET Thursday, Beryl had winds of 50 miles per hour and was moving to the west at 16 miles per hour.

Still, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has declared a state of emergency for the island that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma a year ago. "The system can still cause a lot of damage regardless of whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane".

In the Caribbean, a tropical storm watch was up for Dominica and long lines were reported at grocery stores on several islands as people shopped for food and water.

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"Here's hoping it misses us", said one shopper, Sandra Whitcher, who owns the Coffeeriver Cottages on Dominica.

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

The center of Tropical Storm Fabio was located near latitude 20.2 degrees north and longitude 125.4 degrees west. Fabio was moving toward the northwest near 17 miles per hour (28 kph).

"As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them".

Dominica, a former British colony where Maria left more than 30 people dead last September, was the only area where hurricane conditions were possible so far as Hurricane Beryl moved west, said the United States National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was centred 60 miles (95 kilometres) east of Martinique and was zipping west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph).

It said Beryl could reform into a tropical cyclone in a few days when its remnants are forecast to move through the Bahamas.

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