National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a hurricane watch for the
Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas on Aug. 2 as
Tropical Storm Chris passed about 100 miles northeast of St. Thomas
on a northwesterly track.
With winds clocking in
at 60 mph, the storm could strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane
by Aug. 3 or Aug. 4. To be a hurricane, the storm must reach
sustained winds of at least 74 mph.
Earlier, the storm
brushed the eastern Caribbean islands, dumping rain from Anguilla
south to Antigua. Strong rain bands were expected over the U.S.
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as well.
Chris is the third named
storm of the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season; August and September
are traditionally very active hurricane months.
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