Tropical Storm Chris could become first hurricane of season

The 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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