Environment Canada issued a Tropical Cyclone Statement for Atlantic Canada after the formation of Tropical Storm Chris over the weekend.
A Tropical Depression 3 system formed off the coast of North Carolina on Friday and strengthened into a tropical storm by early Sunday morning. Parts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were issued the public alert as the tropical storm starts to move slightly in a northeast direction from the Atlantic Ocean.
Now, meteorologists expect the storm to turn into a full-fledged hurricane by Monday night, as it continues to intensify over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. The hurricane will cause 'rough seas and rip currents' along the coast of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic Beaches through Tuesday and Wednesday.
By Thursday, the hurricane could approach Nova Scotia and Newfoundland but also slightly weaken as it does. The weather is said to strongly resemble powerful winter storm-like conditions accompanied by heavy rains and strong winds.
"Given the current track, the highest wind gusts in Atlantic Canada would likely range from 64 to 97 km/h (40-60 mph), especially along the Atlantic-facing beaches of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland," said Max Vido, an Accuweather meteorologist. "Winds of this magnitude could down trees and power lines and potentially damage infrastructure."
Tropical Storm Beryl is yet another strengthening system that meteorologists are keeyping an eye on. The storm is anticipated to pass through Puerto Rico and parts of the Caribbean and cause "heavy rainfall and flash flooding."
Such risks come after several Caribbean islands recovered from a devastating hurricane season in 2017. Forecasts from earlier this year predict another brutal hurricane season ahead for the Caribbean islands, as well as the eastern coast of the U.S.,Quebec, Atlantic Canada and some of central Ontario.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.