Hurricane Chris forms; not expected to make USA landfall

Katie Ramirez
July 11, 2018

High surf and unsafe rip currents are expected to spread from the North Carolina coast to New England for several days.

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.

Winds are still at 70 miles per hour, making it a strong tropical storm approaching hurricane strength.

What's left of Beryl, a tropical wave moving northwestward across the southeastern Bahamas, was producing gusty winds and locally heavy rain from Hispaniola and southeastern Cuba northeastward across the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos into the adjacent Atlantic waters, the Hurricane Center said in its 7 p.m. update. Local officials were advised to monitor the storm's movement. The hurricane is expected to strenghten over the next two days.

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"A continued northeastward motion accompanied by a steady increase in forward speed is expected through Thursday night.", forecasters said.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service said they expected Chris to create a moderate, or elevated, risk of risky rip currents forming along the entire Jersey Shore on Wednesday, from Sandy Hook down to Cape May.

Meteorologist Aidan McGivern, speaking in a Met Office Facebook post, said: "Developments on the other side of the pond could very well disrupt weather patterns in the vicinity of the UK".

Although Hurricane Chris is headed towards Canada, it will still create severe weather for those on the U.S. East Coast.

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