Tropical Storm Chris Turning Into Hurricane Off North Carolina Coast

The Maritimes could be in the path of a tropical storm Chris

The Maritimes could be in the path of a tropical storm Chris.- Contributed

Tropical Storm Chris officially became a hurricane Tuesday as it continues to move away from the Carolina coast and head northeast towards Canada at 10 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center says.

The American-based National Hurricane Centre said Chris had maximum sustained winds of 165 km/h on Wednesday morning.

Although there are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect, weather officials warned that Hurricane Chris could potentially produce heavy surf and create life-threatening rip-currents along the East Coast in the coming days.

As of 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, the storm was about 570 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

On Friday Beryl became the first hurricane of this Atlantic season before weakening. Storms with cloud top temperatures that cold have the capability to produce heavy rainfall.

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The storm remains in an environment that will continue to gradually strengthen it as it is centered over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

In the tropics, Chris is forecast to become a hurricane Tuesday as it finally gets a nudge to the northeast away from the Carolina coast vicinity.

Post-tropical storm Chris barreled towards Newfoundland Thursday, bringing powerful winds, heavy downpours and pounding surf.

"Rip current danger is still high today, but by tomorrow, the storm will be dissipating in the North Atlantic and the danger will be easing up", said Gardner.

There is also the risk of heavy showers on Thursday with Storm Chris - the Tropical storm which has now been upgraded to a hurricane - set to batter the United Kingdom over the weekend and in the early part of next week. Amateur Radio operators are encouraged to monitor local repeaters and IARU Center of Activity frequencies, and in the affected area, to provide updates to the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on 14.325 MHz.

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