Storm Beryl leaves thousands without power in Puerto Rico

Power outages also were reported Monday on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, where officials ordered schools and government offices closed.

"We are in a vulnerable state", he said. It said the system could still drop up to 2 to 3 inches (5 to eight 8) of rain, with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated spots. It was moving to east-southeast at 2 miles per hour (4 kph).

Memories of Hurricane Maria haunted many along Puerto Rico's southeast coast, where La Favorita grocery store in Humacao had been swamped in 5 feet of saltwater, mud and seaweed.

The Dominica government discontinued the state of emergency it had imposed in anticipation of Tropical Storm Beryl after the system degenerated yesterday.

There were no immediate reports on any damage on Dominica from the latest storm.

He said he was surprised that Hurricane Beryl formed so early in the season, even if it did lose strength en route to the Caribbean.

The remnants of the storm Beryl brought heavy rain and wind to Puerto Rico, creating flash-flood conditions on the island and exacerbating power outage issues that have remained since last year's devastating hurricane season.

Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands - places still recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes - early in the coming week, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday.

"Definitely, we were spared the worst", he said.

Hurricane Chris is churning off the Carolina Coast and strengthening.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the remnants of Beryl would move south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday. It was far enough out to sea that no coastal watches or warnings were in effect, even for the closest point of land, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

This image obtained from the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Beryl on July 7, 2018.

"The entire government of Puerto Rico is on alert for the passage of Beryl's remnants, and heavy rain is expected in the local area", Ricardo Rossello, governor of the USA territory, wrote on Facebook yesterday.

The Category 5 hurricane caused more than an estimated $100 billion in damage, killed dozens of people by the most conservative estimates and destroyed up to 75 percent of Puerto Rico's electricity transmission lines.

Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic areencouraged to monitor the remnants of Beryl.

  • Joey Payne