Hurricane Chris forms; not expected to make US landfall

Cesar Mills
July 11, 2018

Chris is expected to create large swells along the east coast, which can result in life-threatening surf and rip currents.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for Puerto Rico, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said that tropical storm Chris, which is building on the United States east coast and is predicted to become a hurricane, "will influence the weather but we can not tell what that influence will be at the moment because it is still developing".

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin not far off the North Carolina coast and is now centered roughly 200 miles to the south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. Toward the weekend, it may hit Newfoundland as a tropical storm. The hurricane is expected to strenghten over the next two days. The hurricane has reached winds of 85 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 storm and the second named hurricane for the Atlantic season.

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Chris is forecast to gather strength through Wednesday, but should start weakening by Thursday and revert back to a tropical storm by Friday, according to the NHC.

The storm was expected to remain well off the USA coast, and latest projections show it is forecast to pass well southeast of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia in a couple of days, then move near or over southeastern Newfoundland by Friday, the hurricane center said.

Big waves from a hurricane are rare in July in Nova Scotia, said Pete Cove, general manager of the East Coast Surf School.

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