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

Off the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris was centered about 180 miles (290 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph).

The National Weather Service said on Monday that there had already been three rescues because of risky surf conditions.

Despite no longer being a tropical storm, gusty winds and heavy rain will be possible in Puerto Rico Monday and near The Bahamas by Tuesday.

Forecasters at NHC expect the remnants to move west-northwestward for the next day or so, passing over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today, and over Hispaniola tonight.

Dennis Feltgen, a communications and public affairs officer for the NHC, told Newsweek that small-craft advisories have been issued along the coastline from the Carolinas to the Northeast.

As of Monday morning, Abraham said both the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth and the U.S. National Hurricane Centre in Miami say Chris is on track to pass south of Nova Scotia.

The Weather Channel forecasts high surf and unsafe currents to spread from parts of the North Carolina coast up along the mid-Atlantic and New England seaboards through Thursday. It said the system could still drop up to 2 to 3 inches (5 to eight 8) of rain, with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated spots.

A tropical storm warning was issued for Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria in September as a Category 5 storm.

Beryl weakened to a tropical storm from a hurricane on Saturday and was forecast to lose more strength toward the end of Sunday.

Other concerns are "urban flooding and rapid rises along rivers and small streams, as well as mudslides in areas of steep terrain are also likely across portions of the islands today", the weather service said.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris was squatting on Monday about 215 miles (345 kilometers) off the coast of the Carolinas. He asked some 60,000 residents who still don't have sturdy roofs following last year's damaging hurricane season to go to a shelter or stay with relatives until conditions improved, the report added.

Tropical Storm Chris has formed in the Atlantic, the third named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

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