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'Chris' Downgraded to Tropical Depression


Tropical Storm Chris has weakened to a tropical depression as it cuts a path across the Caribbean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center downgraded Chris on Friday as it traversed the eastern Caribbean with wind speeds of 56 kilometers per hour. It is moving west towards the Turks and Caicos islands, and is expected to pass north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti Friday.

Forecasters say there is a possibility Chris could gain strength and once again become a tropical storm.

Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the Turks and Caicos islands and southern Bahamas. The warnings have been canceled for the northern coast of Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Chris is expected to dump as much as 10 centimeters of rain on the Caribbean islands as it travels, and as much as 15 centimeters in higher terrain.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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