Tropical Storm Chris Reaches Hurricane Speeds
CAPE HATTERAS, NORTH CAROLINA – 11 July, 2018
Hurricane Chris, as we reported earlier, strengthened as it moved off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic States to become a Category 2 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale this Tuesday, but it is not expected to make landfall over the United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Chris is centered as of 5 a.m. EDT about 315 miles (510 km) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Chris has increased its forward speed and is now moving northeast near 22 mph. This general motion with an additional increase in forward speed is anticipated during the next 2 to 3 days, the NHC said.
Chris will likely strengthen today or this evening. After that time, the hurricane is forecasted to weaken and become a strong post-tropical cyclone by Thursday night or earlier.
Storm swells generated by Hurricane Chris will be hitting the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states over the next few days. “These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the center reports.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned beach-goers on Monday to beware of dangerous rip currents after an unidentified man in his mid-60s drowned just north of the town of Nags Head, near Cape Hatteras, when he was caught in a rough surf current caused by the storm.
Chris will cause up from 1 to 3 inches rain over Newfoundland, with a possible isolated maximum amount of 6 inches. These rains may also cause flash flooding.