Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Chris strengthens to a category 1 hurricane far off North Carolina coast

Chris strengthens to a category 1 hurricane far off North Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Chris was upgraded to hurricane status Tuesday after it increased in speed and strength as forecasters warned that it would bring risky rip currents to the Jersey Shore this week.

Hurricane Chris now has a maximum sustained wind of 85 miles per hour and is moving northeast at 10 miles per hour.

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

"These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", it said.

Hurricane Chris was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h and was about 330 kilometres east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The storm was expected to strengthen through Wednesday and then lose force from Thursday, the centre said. Local officials were preparing to deal with any minor flooding or overwash.

The storm is tracking out to sea and is not expected to make landfall anywhere in the United States.

Many North Carolina beaches were closed to swimming on Monday due to heavy surf and risky rip currents, according to a statement from the governor's office. Please consult products from your local weather office. Interests in Atlantic Canada, including Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, should monitor the progress of Chris for potential direct impacts later next week.

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