Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Tropical Storm Chris tracking towards Atlantic Canada

A blanket of white mist is observed from the vantage point of a hill overlooking a section of Tortola mid-morning today July 9 A blanket of white mist is observed from the vantage point of a hill overlooking a section of Tortola mid-morning today July 9
Theresa Hayes | 11 July, 2018, 12:24

Along the North Carolina coast, rip currents and heavy surf continue to be the main threats from this storm.

Hurricane Chris is now about 205 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, with sustained maximum wind speeds of 85 mph extending at least 15 miles from the center.

Tropical systems are capable of becoming much stronger than higher latitude storms called cyclones because tropical cyclones convert warm ocean water into energy which strengthens the warm core in a hurricanes eye.

Tropical Storm Chris was upgraded to hurricane status Tuesday after it increased in speed and strength as forecasters warned that it would bring unsafe rip currents to the Jersey Shore this week. Local officials were advised to monitor the storm's movement.

Nicola Maxey, Senior Press Officer for the Met Office, explains that this sort of weather activity is typical for this time of year and that although the Storm is expected to turn into a hurricane by later today, by the time it reaches the United Kingdom it will be an ex-hurricane.

Little development was expected Tuesday night due to unfavorable upper-level winds.

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.

Chris will begin a northeastern course from late Tuesday off the U.S. Atlantic coast, the center said, adding that projections showed it possibly making landfall in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia late on Wednesday or early on Thursday.