Tropical Storm Chris was upgraded to hurricane status Tuesday after it increased in speed and strength as forecasters warned that it would bring unsafe rip currents to the Jersey Shore this week.
Rough surf and risky rip currents will continue to impact coastal areas of the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and the Northeast through much of this week. The system is expected to move over the southeastern Bahamas later Tuesday but should not develop much over the next day or so, the hurricane center predicted.
Chris now has winds of 60 miles per hour.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned beachgoers on Monday to beware of risky rip currents after an unidentified man in his mid-60s drowned in rough surf just north of Nags Head when he was caught in a rough surf current caused by the storm.
An Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to fly over Chris Tuesday afternoon.
Beryl, which was the first hurricane for the Atlantic season, formed on Friday.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said the territory had opened more than 40 evacuation shelters for those in need. Peak wind speeds may reach 90 miles per hour, it added.
About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.