BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Tropical Storm Chris continued to weaken as it moved away from the northern Caribbean Thursday.

In their latest advisory weather forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre said the system\’s maximum sustained winds had decreased to 40 miles per hour and there was a possibility that the system could be downgraded to a tropical depression later on Thursday.

At 11 am the tropical storm watch for the north coast of the Dominician Republic was discontinued, but a tropical storm watch remained in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands and for the southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, the Inaguas and Mayaguana.

Despite its reduced strength, forecasters said Chris was expected to produce total rainfall amounts of two to three inches with isolated totals of up to five inches over the higher terrain of Puerto Rico, the US and British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.

Rainfall amounts of one to two inches were possible over the southeast Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and northern Haiti through Friday, the Hurricane Centre said.