Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Hurricane Chris forms in Atlantic Ocean

Beryl the last white mass of clouds slightly up and right of center passing into the Caribbean early Monday morning TS Chris begins NE path in Atlantic Ocean
Doris Mccormick | 11 July, 2018, 12:27

The National Hurricane Center's latest briefing said its maximum sustained winds have increased to almost 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.

There were no coastal watching or warnings in effect as of Tuesday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Chris was expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and create risky swells along the coast of North Carolina and mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center said. It's expected to remain "well offshore" of the USA coast, forecasters say, instead steadily heading for Newfoundland while picking up forward speed through Thursday night.

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Tropical Storm Chris is shown off the eastern coast of North and SC, U.S., in this satellite image July 9, 2018 at 16:12 UTC.

Locally heavy rains and gusty winds were likely to continue from eastern Cuba and Hispaniola northward across the eastern Bahamas for the next day or two. A Rip Current Statement was issued for the Outer Banks.

The swells generated by Chris could also cause could cause "life-threatening surf" conditions, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"As it tracks towards Newfoundland, it will diminish from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm, but it will still be very strong, and it will still be a significant storm at that point", Hubbard said in an interview from Halifax.

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