Beryl downgraded..Tropical Storm Chris forecast to intensify

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Beryl has been downgraded to a tropical wave. Hurricane hunters could not find a closed circulation. Satellite trends show an open wave with top winds of 40 mph..gusts to 50 mph. What's left of Beryl will move over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola through Tuesday. Gusty winds and 2-4" of rain are likely along its path. Eventually this tropical wave moves over the Central Bahamas before turning away from the US by mid to late week. There is some chance for regeneration once it gets near the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Chris continues to meander 190 miles SSE of Cape Hatteras, NC with top winds 60 mph. Chris will eventually loop to the Northeast while becoming a hurricane. Top winds could reach 90 mph as it passes well offshore the Eastern US Coast. Swells generated by Chris will impact the coast from the Carolinas northward with the potential for life threatening surf and rip current conditions. Distant swells from Chris will move into the South Florida Coastal Waters increasing to 2-4 feet Monday and 3-5 feet Tuesday.

Michael Ehrenberg/CBS12 Meteorologist

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