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article imageChris finally becomes hurricane as it moves away from U.S. coast

By Karen Graham     Jul 10, 2018 in Environment
Chris is no longer a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center's 5:00 p.m. advisory upgraded Chris to a Category 1 Hurricane this afternoon as the storm begins to show movement to the Northeast.
As of 5:00 p.m. Hurricane Chris was sitting about 205 miles (330 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Chris now has sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) and is moving to the northeast at 10 mph 17 kph). The hurricane's minimum central pressure is 980 MB or 28.94 inches.
There are no coastal warnings in effect at the present time for the Eastern coast of the United States. But Chris could produce some life-threatening surf and rip conditions in some portions of the North Carolina coast and mid-Atlantic states over the next few days.
AccuWeather notes that there may be some overwash and beach erosion caused by high waves, especially in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. The Category 1 storm is expected to strengthen Tuesday night into Wednesday, then weaken - becoming a post-tropical cyclone by Thursday or early Friday.
Showers and thunderstorms associated with the hurricane are expected to remain off the coastal U.S.
NHC update on Hurricane Chris at 5:00 p.m. on July 10  2018.
NHC update on Hurricane Chris at 5:00 p.m. on July 10, 2018.
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Atlantic Canada forecast at 5:00 p.m.
The NHC expects Hurricane Chris to weaken as it hits the cooler waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean. However, this does not mean residents of Newfoundland and marine interests around Nova Scotia should relax completely. The weather later this week is forecast to look and feel like a winter storm, with heavy rains and strong winds.
This forecast is dependent on the exact path Chris takes. However, the NHC says that the quick pace that the storm will take will limit any hazards to about 6 to 12 hours.
Projected track of Hurricane Chris in the Canadian Maritimes as of 5:00 p.m. July 10  2018.
Projected track of Hurricane Chris in the Canadian Maritimes as of 5:00 p.m. July 10, 2018.
AccuWeather
"Given the current track, the highest wind gusts in Atlantic Canada would likely range from 64 to 97 km/h (40-60 mph), especially along the Atlantic-facing beaches of Newfoundland," AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido said.
"Winds of this magnitude could down trees and power lines and potentially damage infrastructure," he said, adding that gusts to 130 km/h (80 mph) are not out of the question, mainly over coastal communities.
Update on the remnants of Beryl
The remnants of Beryl are producing gusty winds and areas of heavy rain over much of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, and adjacent Atlantic waters. This system is expected to move west-northwestward across the rest of Hispaniola today and over the southeastern Bahamas this evening.
No intensification is expected over the next few days. However, the disturbance is expected to turn northward over the western Atlantic on Wednesday where upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for the regeneration of a tropical cyclone later this week. As it is right now, rough seas can continue to plague swimmers and boaters along the Southeast coast.
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