Tropical storm weakens

Unpredictable Tropical Storm Chris was weakening Thursday morning after moving through the eastern Caribbean.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 3, 2006


Unpredictable Tropical Storm Chris was weakening Thursday morning after moving through the eastern Caribbean.

Forecasters are now doubtful the storm will become the season's first hurricane after all, saying that the storm encountered upper level winds that stalled its development.

Still, emergency managers in all the potentially affected areas were warning people to monitor the storm's progress.

The path of the storm has been unpredictable. It could move into the Gulf on Monday. But forecasters said it was expected to continue to weaken and even dissipate over the next several days.

The Bahamas downgraded its hurricane watch to a tropical storm watch on Thursday. A tropical storm watch was in effect for the coast of the Dominican Republic from the northern border of Haiti to Cabo Engano.

Tropical storm warnings for Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands were discontinued.

The storm had 45-mph winds by Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was centered about 135 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was moving west at 13 mph, and was expected to pass about 100 miles north of Puerto Rico.

Chris is the third named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season.


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