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Tropical Storm Chris to avoid New England

In this geocolor image GOES-16 satellite image taken Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 15:00 UTC, shows Tropical Storm Beryl, center right, moving across the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and Tropical Storm Chris, top left, off the U.S. East Coast.
In this geocolor image GOES-16 satellite image taken Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 15:00 UTC, shows Tropical Storm Beryl, center right, moving across the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and Tropical Storm Chris, top left, off the U.S. East Coast. –NOAA via AP

As some East Coast residents gear up for Tropical Storm Chris, New Englanders can rest easy knowing the storm will avoid the area, forecasters said.

The tropical storm, currently building near the Carolinas, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday and will most likely remain offshore for two to three days, forecasters said. A tropical storm warning is already in effect for that area, with hurricane conditions possible beginning on Tuesday.

“It is going to meander a bit for the next 24 hours off the Carolina coast, and then it’s expected to start heading northeast,’’ Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service said.