There were no hurricane or storm watches or warnings posted Monday morning, but forecasters said Sunday that Chris will bring "life threatening" rough surf and risky rip currents along the East Coast.
Swells generated by the system were expected to increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic states into early next week, forecasters said, and rip current conditions may be possible. It has been a mostly stationary storm so far, with sustained maximum wind speeds close to 45 mph extending at least 60 miles from the center.
Meandering off the coast of the Carolinas, Tropical Storm Chris is on the verge of becoming 2018's second hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.
The National Weather Service is warning about rip current risks from the Delaware-Maryland border southward to the central SC coast.
"Beryl's remnants should move away from Puerto Rico on Monday night, ending the threat of widespread heavy rainfall and gusty winds by early Tuesday", said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. Tropical storms can have winds reaching 73 miles per hour.
About 7,000 houses and businesses in Puerto Rico still lack power after Hurricane Maria leveled an electricity grid that was ill-maintained before the storm.
Beryl was the first named hurricane of the Atlantic season before being downgraded.
Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told people to store water because the government would be shutting down the water system as a precaution, and he warned them to stay alert despite the storm weakening.
"Im praying for all the brothers who are still living under a plastic roof", said Alfonso Lugo in the southeastern Puerto Rico town of Humacao. By midweek, Chris may intensify into a hurricane as it continues to become better organized.
Forecasters said Beryl probably would dissipate once it moved south of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday or Wednesday.